Characteristics of Injuries in the Logging Industry of Louisiana, USA: 1986 to 1998

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Dr.. John Pine, Director, Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Characterizing injuries and their trends will allow safety managers to concentrate their resources on the areas of safety that will be most effective in the workplace. Injuries reported to the Louisiana Office of Workers' Compensation Administration for 1986 to 1998 were characterized according to the part of the body affected, the nature of the injury, the source of the injury, and the type of accident for the timber harvesting industry. Many of the injuries in the logging sector were sprains / strains to the knees. Injuries resulting from falling onto structures and surfaces were common and rising. Although the number of accidents in each category is generally decreasing, some trends should be of concern. There was no significant linear trend in overall accident rates since 1991. While the proportion of cuts and lacerations declined, the proportion of fractures increased. This coincided with a time period when logging operations in Louisiana experienced rapid mechanization and insurance companies started enforcing the use of personal protective equipment. The proportion of transportation accidents rose more than any other category. Some suggestions on focusing and improving current safety programs are given. The need for continued and improved training of managers and employees seems to be most critical.

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Lefort Jr, A. J., de Hoop, C. F., Pine, J. C., & Marx, B. D. (2003). Characteristics of injuries in the logging industry of Louisiana, USA: 1986 to 1998. International Journal of Forest Engineering, 14(2), 75-89. (ISSN: 1494-2119,) Accesed at:
Language: English
Date: 2003

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