258964 Fatal and Nonfatal Occupational Injuries to Logging Workers: The Facts of the Ax Men

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Jill Janocha, ABD , Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, OSHS, Washington, DC
Background and Objectives: Logging workers face a unique set of hazards that contributed to fatal and serious nonfatal occupational injuries at higher rates than other occupation groups. From 2006 to 2010 there were 322 fatal and 4,610 nonfatal injuries that required days away from work in this occupation. Methods: Using the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, fatal and nonfatal injuries among Logging workers (SOC 45-402*) were examined. Worker demographics, industry, narratives, and event circumstances were reviewed and evaluated. Results: Logging workers in the U.S. recorded a preliminary rate of 91.9 fatal work injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2010, 26.3 times the all-worker rate of 3.5. The incidence rate of nonfatal injury or illness requiring days away from work for logging workers was 196.6 per 10,000 full-time workers, 1.8 times the all-worker rate of 107.7 in 2010. From 2006-2010 struck by object and fall to lower level incidents accounted for almost half of the injuries requiring days away from work and almost three quarters of fatal injuries to logging workers. Conclusion: Logging workers appear to be at a higher risk of nonfatal and fatal injury than all workers as a group. Understanding the nature of the events that led to the nonfatal and fatal injuries among this worker group may lead to interventions that can better protect the safety and health needs of these workers.

Learning Areas:
Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
The objective of this study is to describe the injuries and fatalities of logging workers over the five-year period from 2006 through 2010. Emphasis will be placed on identifying unique circumstances of fatalities using details in the individual fatality case narratives only available with micro data access

Keywords: Occupational Injury and Death, Workplace Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working in the occuaptional safety and health statistics (OSHS) program for the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) in the Bureau or Labor Statistics for 5 years. During this time I have coded countless cases and written many articles and fact sheet analyzing the safety and health data of the OSHS program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.