LSI participants are required to annually attend approved LSI Employer Logger Safety program training. There are two parts to the required training: Formal Training and Safety Training (see the attached LSI Training Requirements for more details). This packet satisfies one of the four required Safety Trainings. The LSI employer must ensure that all workers receive four LSI required trainings per year.
LSI Employers and supervisors, if delegated, and all employees engaged in manual logging operations must participate in at least four (4) Logger Safety Initiative (LSI) trainings on an annual basis. If you have employees that do cutting, review the “In the Clear Cutting” safety training materials in detail and discuss the scenarios with employees.
LSI employers will document that the training took place as part of their safety minutes. Be sure that staff have signed the safety meeting sign-in sheet. The completion of the training will be assessed at the annual DOSH LSI Consultation.
An LSI Landowner developed the following questions, based on the lessons learned from a recent fatality investigation, and can be used as part of the training discussion:
If you have any questions regarding the training requirements, please contact the LSI Program Office by calling (360) 902- 5008 or via email at LoggerSafety@lni.wa.gov.
A cutter with 25 years of experience was falling a tree length job. The ground was not too steep and the timber averaged 21” in diameter. He had previously fallen a snag to get the hazard on the ground. The felled snag was laying out in front of the tree he was about to fall. When he fell the tree it hit the snag that was on the ground and a 5” diameter 12’ long chunk of that snag flew back and struck the cutter. He was knocked out and when he came to he radioed another cutter that was 2.5 tree lengths away for help. The other cutter came over and assisted in getting him to the hospital. He was hit in the head and shoulders with the snag chunk but not hospitalized.
Cut away windfalls, logs or other debris that could be thrown back toward you by the falling tree.
Check for debris in front of the tree being felled. If debris can be thrown back at you, clear the debris prior to falling.
A 55 year-old logger, working as a faller, was struck and killed by the tree he was falling. The tree struck a snag on the way down and the butt-end sprung backwards 12 feet into the faller’s work zone. The faller was using a standard Humboldt face cut, but the backcut was too low, giving the butt and insufficient step to push off, which is known to increase the risk of a kickback.
Make backcut higher than undercut.
Watch for impacts
Get away from the stump
A 24 year old novice logger, working as a faller, was killed by the kickback of a tree while helping an experienced faller. The tree was a 65 foot pine, 23 inch diameter. The novice faller was responsible for hammering a wedge into the tree to make it fall uphill. The experienced faller saw the tree was beginning to fall and yelled twice for his partner to get away. Busy driving the wedge, the victim moved too late. The butt of the tree rose over his head and struck him.
Plan before you cut
Train before you cut
Protect your hinge
Timber cutter severely injured when struck by snag (attached Fatality Narrative)
Timber cutter injured when struck by a hung-up tree (attached Fatality Narrative)
1 Case from Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program; Fallers Logging Safety, OHSU, 2007. January 2015
2 Case from Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program; Fallers Logging Safety, OHSU, 2007.
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SHARP Publication # 92-13-2014
LSI participants are required to annually attend approved LSI Employer Logger Safety program training. If the employer delegates supervision and or training responsibilities, those individuals must also attend the formal training sessions. This document outlines what the training requirements are and how LSI participants can meet them.
A minimum of 4-hours of formal training, specific to safety, is required in each calendar year. For LSI purposes, formal training is a course, program, seminar, conference, or convention. Credit will be provided for safety related content only, for example, when you attend an 8-hour class and 2-hours are related to safety, you’ll receive two safety credit hours.
Employers are required to submit documentation to the LSI Program Office to show they’ve fulfilled their training requirement. For each training attended, the employer must submit the following information: a description of the training, the training provider, and date attended.
Examples of approved formal training may include:
Training materials will be created for LSI and provided to LSI participants to complete. The employer and supervisor, if delegated, and all employees engaged in manual logging operations must receive at least four (4) of the LSI trainings. Training can be conducted by any of the employees or an outside person and can be done as part of regular safety meetings.
LSI participants will complete and document that the training took place as part of their safety minutes. The completion of training will be assessed at the annual comprehensive DOSH consultation.
If you have any questions regarding the training requirement, please contact the LSI Program Office by calling (360) 902-5008 or via email at LoggerSafety@lni.wa.gov.
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