Logging is a very dangerous occupation and accidents are very common. Some hazards of logging have to do with the tools loggers use while others have to do with the working environment. Sometimes these two things can combine together to pose serious risks to loggers. Because of these risks, important safety guidelines should be followed and logging tools should be designed to be safe and effective.
What Are Some of the Hazards of Logging Tools?
Chain saws, logging machines and other logging tools are all very dangerous. No matter where they are used they can lead to serious injury if misused, improperly maintained, or defective. If your employer is aware of hazards in the workplace and doesn’t remedy them, s/he may be in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Also, if you are injured by a defective tool you may have a products liability claim against the manufacturer.
What Are Some of the Hazards of the Working Environment?
Some of the hazards of the logging environment include uneven and/or unstable terrain, poor weather conditions (such as rain, snow, extreme cold, and winds), and isolated work sites that are far from hospitals and other medical treatment facilities. Under OSHA it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that your work site is hazard free and that any existing hazards are remedied.
I’ve Been Injured in a Logging Accident, Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you injury was due to a defective tool, you may be able to file a products liability claim against the manufacturer of the tool. If you were injured by a hazard of the workplace that your employer didn’t inform you of or attempt to fix, you may have a claim against your employer under OSHA. Also, if you want to report a workplace hazard, you can do so through OSHA. An experienced construction accident lawyer can advise you on what path is best for you and help you get the results you are looking for.