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Workers’ compensation: Shared safety responsibility in logging

| Mar 30, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

Logging is one of the most hazardous industries. This is reflected in the number of workers’ compensation claims that are filed each year. Although the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health holds employers responsible for employee safety, the most effective way to limit injuries is when both employers and employees work together to comply with prescribed safety standards.

While employers are responsible for providing adequate training to workers regarding potential hazards and how to mitigate them, it is the task of supervisors to monitor workers to ensure compliance. In turn, employees must perform all tasks safely to prevent injuries to themselves and co-workers. Furthermore, employers must provide the necessary safety equipment and emergency care, including equipment for fire suppression, and ensure that workers are familiar with the location and proper use of safety equipment.

Employees have the right to refuse job tasks they regard as unreasonably hazardous. In such circumstances, they must notify the supervisor or employer before risking their safety. Any injuries suffered on the job must be reported to the supervisor or employer as soon as possible. Following the proper procedures can prevent many workplace injuries, and it is the responsibility of workers, supervisors and employers.

In the event of a work-related injury, loggers will typically be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits through the state-regulated insurance program. After reporting the injury and obtaining the necessary claim forms, injured workers can seek the support and guidance of a California attorney who has experience in navigating benefits claims. With legal counsel in his or her corner, an injured worker’s chances of receiving maximum benefits without delay can be significantly improved.