Tree branch accident kills logger, 23

Mike Hagen mhagen at
Wed Mar 20 12:17:22 EST 2002

Requirements for industrial safety in Washington and Oregon are just as
strict  as BC - but rarely enforced in these days of unfunded budgets.  What
Safety Inspectors are left all seem to be in urban areas, not the woods.
Like most bureaucracies, the industrial insurance people are much more
concerned with upping everybody's rates based on a new accident than on
getting out of their offices.
Larger companies will have the works on site- a really good first aid chest,
probably one EMT and  Industrial First Aid certs for all the crew. But
gyppos and small outfits may have a hard time finding a band aid and the
injured guy may have to ride in back with the rigging.

"Daniel B. Wheeler" <dwheeler at> wrote in message
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> Larry Stamm <lstamm at> wrote in message
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> > dwheeler at (Daniel B. Wheeler) writes:
> >
> > <snip>
> > > 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.
> > <snip>
> >
> > > 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.
> I don't believe Oregon Department of Forestry requires first-aid
> attendants at logging sites. Many loggers are qualified for minor
> emergencies. I'm not sure, in this case, that the attendants could
> have aided even if they were on the site. I'm guessing that with a
> limb through the chest death would have been rapid.
> I'm not real sure that Gaston has EMT's in their fire department. Many
> rural communities in OR are operated totally by volunteers.
> Daniel B. Wheeler

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