Published by RitzSafety on
Sep 28, 2021 11:25:32 AM
Logging has consistently been one of the most hazardous industries in the U.S. 95 workers were fatally injured in the industry in 2006, resulting in a fatality rate of 85.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. The fatality rate for all occupations in the U.S. in 2006 was 4 deaths per 100,000 workers. 17% of logging employee fatalities are machine-related accidents and the total medical costs in 2007 approached $300 million.
Use to protect your head, eyes, ears, face, hands, legs and feet
Wear even in hot weather
Inspect before each use
Does NOT eliminate the potential hazards
Employers must provide PPE to employees at no cost for logging protection. Training and enforcement of PPE is the responsibility of the employer as well.
Many loggers are killed by being struck in the head by flying/falling objects. Even the smallest piece of wood can be deadly when hitting the body.
Wear hard hats that are designed to absorb energy
Wear hard hats that are a high visibility color
Head protection must be ANSI approved; look out for the ANSI Z89.1 stamp!
DeltaPlus Elvex® ProGuard™ Integrated Logger Systemconveniently combines head, face, and hearing protection to provide all your safety needs. This system comes equipped with a vented Tectra™ cap with 8 ventilated holes at the crown, 6-point ratchet adjustable suspension with nylon webbing for a secure fit, black visor bracket, black steel mesh face shield and QuickSnap™ medium profile ear muffs in black with 27 NRR (Noise Reduction Rating). Earmuffs offer 2 rest positions: Flip out muffs for short-term breaks or flip-up muffs on top of the safety cap. Safety cap meets Class C Requirements and ANSI 289.1-2009. Note: ANSI Z87 requires that safety glasses must be worn even when wearing a face shield or screen. This Integrated Logger System is recommended for industries such as agriculture, design & construction, forestry, heavy infrastructure, industrial maintenance, utilities, and transportation.
Time Weighted Average (TWA) represents the average noise level that you are exposed to in an 8-hour period including all levels of noise experienced
Workplace noise exposure limits are expressed in units of dBA. Decibels are measured using an A-weighted scale for noise level, which adjusts the noise measurements using a built-in A-weighted filter that largely ignores low-frequency sound energy just like human ears do
OSHA requires that all employers administer a hearing conversation program whenever worker noise exposures equal to or exceed 8-hour TWA of 85 dBA
Long or repeated noises at or above 85 dBA can cause hearing loss
Some hearing loss can occur naturally as you age
Ears are not designed to deal with harmful loud noises, such as that produced by a chainsaw (110 dBAs)
Hearing loss can be gradual, not always obvious from the start
Noise may increase your blood pressure
The QUATTRO™ EP-411 corded reusable earplugs are comfortable and effective hearing protection. Wash and reuse for weeks without losing its attenuation and effectiveness. Ideal for Agriculture/Green Areas, Construction/Civil Engineering, Second work/craftsman, Heavy Industry, Light Industry, Services/Logistics, Hygiene environment, Oil/Gas, Mining, and Wind/Energy.
Did you know?
Loader is 85 TWA (dBA)
Skidder is 88 TWA (dBA)
Dozer is 97 TWA (dBA)
Timber Cutter is 104 TWA (dBA)
Remember that the timber cutter’s 104 dBA level considers that the saw only runs about half of the time. The dozer and timber cutter operators’ noise exposures exceed 90 TWA (dBA) – they need hearing protection!
Eye and Face Protection
Eye and face protection must be worn for all logging operations
Logger-type mesh screens are considered adequate eye and face protection for chain saw users
Equipment must comply with ANSI standards and regulations; look out for the ANSI stamp on products
Do NOT wear regular glasses or sunglasses while working or around the worksite
Each worker who operates a chain saw must wear leg protection, commonly in the form of saw chaps.
Chaps are made of cut-resistant material such as Kevlar or ballistic nylon
Chaps must extend from the upper thigh down to the boot top
Chaps must be Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved – check for the tag located on the outside of the caps
The average cost of chaps is $75… the average medical cost for a leg injury from a chain saw is $7,500
The 90 Series ProChaps™ is our best-selling series protecting legs from a life-threatening injury. Features Exclusive Prolar™ pad, stops and jams a chain saw in milliseconds! Breathable with an open back design prevents heat build-up and is Water resistant outer coating on the fabric cover.
Foot and Hand Protection
Employers must ensure that workers wear foot and hand protection.
Boots should be heavy-duty, water-repellent, cover and support the ankle
Cut-resistant boots are required by OSHA for chain saw operators (also must be UL approved)
Gloves are required for all workers who handle wire rope
Gloves for wire rope handling should be cotton or equivalent