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A study of logger fatalities from 1992–2000
  1. D F Scott
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr Douglas F Scott
 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Spokane Research Laboratory, Spokane, WA 99207, USA;


Objectives: To determine if certain loggers are at increased risk of death during logging operations.

Methods: Statistical analysis of 780 logger fatalities for a nine year period (1992–2000).

Results: The major findings are: (1) treefallers suffer nearly 63% of all fatalities, (2) the region where the fatality occurred and the size of the employer were not significant factors that contributed to a high percentage of treefaller fatalities, and (3) the Northeast and Midwest regions showed a higher percentage of fatalities compared with the South and West regions.

Conclusions: Overall, the logger fatality rate for 1992–2000, compared with 1980–88 has decreased slightly; however, treefallers continue to be the group of loggers who suffer the highest fatality rate.

  • CFOI, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries
  • CI, confidence interval
  • FACE, Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (program)
  • LMR, logger mortality rate
  • NIOSH, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • OR, odds ratio
  • OSHA, Office of Safety and Health Administration
  • logging
  • fatalities
  • risk
  • occupational injury

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