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What are a logger's 3 deadliest dangers?

Logging is one of the oldest professions in the country -- and still one of the most dangerous.

Out of the hundreds of professions that are tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), any job you care to pick is safer than logging. Even firefighters -- people who run into burning buildings for a living -- are about 11 times safer on the job than loggers. Pick a regular office job or work in a restaurant, and you're at least 30 times safer at work than your average logger.

What are a logger's biggest risks?

1. Falling trees and limbs

In an industry where there's a lot of very dangerous tools being used, nature is still the logger's mightiest enemy. Branches can come down without warning or trees can suddenly break loose from safety cables, taking down anyone in their path.

2. Rollovers and other crush accidents

It's easy for a logger to end up crushed by rolling logs that suddenly come unsecured. It's also easy to get caught on a cable or pinned between two pieces of machinery or against a building or tree. A logger who accidentally falls from the cabin of a skidder he or she is operating when it strikes rough terrain, for example, can easily be crushed under the weight of his or her own vehicle.

3. Machinery accidents of all kinds

The fact that loggers do work with a lot of dangerous machinery can't be discounted when talking about the occupation's mortality rates. A power saw can kickback and cut a logger's throat in a second. A fall on loose stones or wet leaves while holding something as simple as a hand ax can be devastating.

When is an accident a wrongful death?

Employers aren't unaware of how dangerous the job is -- but they still push loggers to work longer (past the point of exhaustion) or faster (even though it isn't safe). Untrained employees are given tasks over their skill level, and people sometimes just get careless and ignore obvious dangers. Any of these factors could indicate a wrongful death -- one that could have been easily prevented.

A fatal accident doesn't just end the logger's life -- it can end the hopes and dreams of an entire family. If you've lost a close relative due to a logging accident, a wrongful death attorney can advise you on whether you have a possible claim.

Source: Allied Insurance Brokers, "Avoiding the Most Common Logging & Lumberyard Accidents," accessed Aug. 30, 2017

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