Logging Equipment Operation - National Safety Council

Logging Equipment Operation

6% of Non-roadway Fatalities*

Operators who work with logging equipment often drive or work with heavy machinery, which can be hazardous. Machinery used in logging operations includes logging tractors or wheeled vehicles that can be equipped with accessories such as a bulldozer blade, frontal shear, logging arch, cable winches and crane booms.**

The information in each section below is listed in the order of relevance to the hazardous situation.

Situational risks – inherent to the situation or proximate cause of injury
  • Struck by tree
  • Struck by equipment
  • Struck by vehicle
Systemic risks – contribute to injury but are not direct causes
  • Inclement weather
  • Lack of workplace awareness
  • Fatigue 
Relevant Technology Solutions for logging equipment operation

*Safety Technology White Paper: Work to Zero Safety Technology 2020: Mapping Technology Solutions for Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities in the Workplace

**Bureau of Labor Statistics

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