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Timber Safe Program

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Background (problem)

  • 2013 fatal work injuries in forestry and logging were the highest since 2008.
  • West Virginia loggers are more than twice as likely to be fatally injured on the job as loggers across the US.
  • West Virginia loggers and owners participate in a required statewide logger best practices program.
    • A very small portion of this training addresses worker safety.
    • One employee per company is required to attend the training.
    • There is no evidence that the safety information makes it back to the worksite.

Program Overview

  • Funded by NIOSH and SouthEast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (Univ. of KY).
  • WVU Safety and Health Extension overseers
  • 15 Phase I and 15 Phase II logging companies to be recruited.

Timber Safe Program Overview

  • A logging safety management program based on a proven method that reduces hazards on the worksite.
  • Will enhance current safety and health management systems
  • Includes a full circle approach that measures the hazards controlled on the work site over time
  • Provides feedback to logger to correct or control hazards

Timber Safe Program Elements

  • A company safety program that meets Timber-Safe requirements
  • Train all employees and owners (4 hours)
  • Responsibilities for on-site supervisor
  • Be available for audits of jobsites by WVU.

WVU Duties

  • Conduct training
  • Conduct work site audits once every 9 weeks on mobile device
  • Provide audit feedback and suggested corrections
  • Market the contractors to potential clients, region, insurers.
  • Assist contractors in safety needs (consultation)

Logging Site Audits – Timber Safe App

  • Develop downloadable field audit app
  • Instrument Scores Program Elements and Site Conditions and Practices
  • Used to evaluate the intervention and provide feedback for continuous improvement
  • Measurement instrument Programmed into a universal mobile phone application