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Logging

Logging

Logging

Logging

What is a logging operation?

A logging operation is associated with felling and moving trees and logs from the stump to the point of delivery, such as, but not limited to, marking danger trees and trees/logs to be cut to length, felling, limbing, bucking, debarking, chipping, yarding, loading, unloading, storing, and transporting machines, equipment and personnel to, from and between logging sites.

What are the hazards associated with logging?

Improper use of chain saws and failure to follow proper tree cutting procedures, including establishing a safe exit path, can result in serious injury and death.

Is there a special emphasis program associated with this topic?

Occupational exposure to hazards encountered in logging falls within the OSH Division logging and arboriculture special emphasis program.

Solutions

Solutions

What can I do to protect myself?

When participating in tree felling operations, employees should establish a clear and safe exit path away from any tree that is being cut. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instruction regarding the use, care and maintenance of chain saw.

Employers must ensure that employees are trained in the correct use of a chain saw and any other equipment they are expected to operate and have been provided with the appropriate personal protective equipment prior to stepping onto a logging site.

What resources are available to assist employers?

Additional resource information can be found on the A-Z topics pages for noise, chain saw safety, bloodborne pathogens, PPE, lockout/tagout, medical services and first aid and arboriculture. The Which OSHA Standards Apply webpage can also help identify other standards that may be applicable to your worksite.

In addition, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC). The education, training and technical assistance bureau provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request. Lastly, the consultative services bureau provides free and confidential onsite consultation regarding worksite safety and health hazards.

 

Regulations

Regulations

Which standards apply?

OSH has adopted the following standards for logging in North Carolina.

Other standards that may be applicable include:

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Where can I learn more?

If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard or topic, you can submit your questions using the Ask OSH web form, by e-mail to ask.osh@labor.nc.gov or by calling 919-707-7876.