Tree branch accident kills logger, 23

Larry Stamm lstamm at
Wed Mar 20 00:22:47 EST 2002

dwheeler at (Daniel B. Wheeler) writes:

> 	Gable Southwick of Sheridan died about 8:20 a.m. when the branch flew
> into the air and struck him in the chest. Firefighters from the Gaston
> Rural Fire Protection District needed 35 minutes to get to the site
> near Mainline Road from their station in Gaston. By the time they
> arrived, Southwick had died, said Betsy Rawls, fire district
> spokeswoman.

> Comment by poster: anyone who thinks logging is an easy life should
> check the actuarial figures on logger mortality from on-the-job
> accidents.

>From the article, it appears there was no qualified first aid attendant
and accompanying ambulance on site.  If so, why not? Are WCB regulations
that much more lax in Oregon than in BC?

Here in BC, most logging shows have at least one Emergency Medical Tech
in the crew, with an equipped ambulance on site.
Larry Stamm
PO Box 561
McBride, BC  V0J 2E0
Tel: (250) 569-3385

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