One of the industries in West Virginia that expose many workers to multiple safety hazards is the logging industry. Workers are involved in the removal of trees on road construction sites and for mine development and utility transmission sites. It is not uncommon for workers to be involved in logging accidents that can cause severe injuries or worse.
Loggers are typically exposed to dangerous logging equipment such as chain saws, excavators and bulldozers. While compliance with safety regulations will avoid most workplace accidents, some company owners show little regard for worker safety. Accidents that are common in the logging industry include amputations of fingers or limbs, spinal and back injuries resulting from vehicular equipment accidents and traumatic brain injuries that are caused by falling trees or other heavy objects.
Workers who are not provided with harnesses and other fall protection equipment are exposed to falls from great heights, and, sadly, many of these accidents turn out to be fatal. In cases in which workers are fortunate enough to survive, they may be permanently or temporarily disabled. Medical and rehabilitation expenses can continue for extended periods, putting a strain on the financial stability of victims.
Although West Virginia workers are typically entitled to workers' compensation benefits, many logging accidents are caused by third parties such as subcontracting operators of vehicles, malfunctioning equipment and more. Victims of logging accidents may seek the assistance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can handle both the workers' compensation and third-party claims. Medical expenses and/or end-of-life costs and lost income are typically covered by the insurance program, and recovery of any additional documented financial losses may be sought in a third-party civil lawsuit.