1 month ago
August 18, 2014
By Christopher Bowe
Less than a year after its launch, the Logger Safety Initiative (LSI) has enrolled 103 logging employers and 9 forestry landowners! By joining LSI, logging employers and landowners are committing to taking the lead in ensuring worker health and safety is the #1 priority, and assuring accountability for safety on the worksite.
As you’re probably aware, logging is a hazardous industry. The injury rate and the severity of those injuries in non-mechanized (manual) logging are high. As a result, the base rate premiums in the manual logging risk class exceed $20 per worker hour. In 2013, the logging industry, along with concerned landowners and the Department of Natural Resources, partnered with L&I in the search of some reasonable ways to assist employers with safety and health issues out in the woods. Out of this collaborative effort came the LSI program.
LSI is a collaborative effort that provides voluntary improvements to worker protection and safety.
Logging companies that enroll in LSI commit to creating a safe and healthy workplace through rigorous training, education, and implementation of an accident prevention program that contains the LSI certification requirements for safe work practices.
Firms that sign up enter into a tiered discount on workers’ compensation premium rates, which allows them to invest into their safety and health program. Logging firms must pass an independent third-party safety audit verification of the LSI Logger Safety Program in order to become LSI certified.
While the focus is on the manual or hand-cutting side of operations, the overarching goal is to create a culture of “safety first” for all logging industry employers and workers.