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Document ID (ISN)106263
CIS number 07-337
ISSN - Serial title 0022-4375 - Journal of Safety Research
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bell J.L., Grushecky S.T.
Title Evaluating the effectiveness of a logger safety training program
Bibliographic information 2006, Vol.37, No.1, p.53-61. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract Logger safety training programmes are rarely, if ever, evaluated as to their effectiveness in reducing injuries. In this study, workers' compensation claim data were used to evaluate the effectiveness of a logger safety training programme in the State of West Virginia. No decline in claim rate was detected in the majority (67%) of companies that participated in all four years of the programme. Furthermore, their rate did not differ from the rest of the West Virginia logging industry. Companies with higher turnover of employees had higher claim rates. Companies using feller bunchers to harvest trees at least part of the time had a significantly lower claim rate than companies not using them. Companies that had more inspections per year had lower claim rates. It was concluded that high injury rates persist even in companies that receive safety training. Possible reasons are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) forestry and logging; West Virginia; safety training in industry; safety programmes
Descriptors (secondary) USA; labour turnover; logging equipment; cost of accidents; programme evaluation; compensation of occupational accidents; labour inspection; injuries
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Forestry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Safety programmes
OSH training
Forestry and logging