Tree branch accident kills logger, 23

Eric & Jamie ejlcas at
Thu Mar 21 17:22:23 EST 2002

I think that almost all logging shows here require that all employees have
St. John's first aid, on top of having their attendant and ambulance
required by government.

"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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