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During the winter logging season in the Lake States Region, logging equipment was vandalized by protesters of a nearby project. The vandalism resulted in damage to logging equipment and caused significant downtime for the logging business owner. The day prior to the incident, an equipment operator for the logging business was confronted by protesters. The logging business has been in operation for nearly 25 years.
On a pleasant spring afternoon in the Appalachian Region, a timber cutter was preparing to cut a large, sawlog-sized beech tree. It appears that as he surveyed the drop zone, he realized that a small, 5” diameter sapling, located about 50 feet from the beech tree would be caught up in the top of the beech tree upon felling and would create a spring-pole hazard when he would be limbing and bucking the beech tree.
On a clear, dry winter day in the southeast, a deck hand went to assist a truck driver who was spotting loaded trailers for future delivery to market by the highway drivers. The deck hand was wearing a hard hat and a yellow high visibility vest at the time of the incident. He was considered fully trained to perform his duties.
One late winter day in the Southeast, a chainsaw operator was trimming two beech trees at the landing. The excessively brushy trees had been pulled up to a flat area near the loader to be trimmed and have the brush piled. The chainsaw operator was wearing all required PPE for the task at the time of the incident. He was considered fully trained to perform his duties.
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FRA Issue Update - 6/19/20

The full House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee advanced the $494 billion transportation reauthorization bill following a 36-hour mark-up session that addressed more than 200 amendments in committee.
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Forest Products Industry Safety Best Practices

A key focus of FRA as defined by our Mission statement is to communicate relevant and timely information promoting safety to our members.
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20-S-07: Lowboy Operator’s Fingers Amputated

On a spring day in the Pacific Northwest, a lowboy operator was coupling the lowboy gooseneck to a lowbed trailer deck after loading and chaining down a processor.

On a fall day in the Pacific Northwest, a lowboy operator and a shovel operator were positioning a boom stand on a lowboy trailer in preparation for loading a shovel.

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FRA Issue Update - 6/12/20

This week, FRA led an effort with allied associations and sent a letter to the Administration that urged the President to exclude H-2B non-immigrant labor that performs essential forestry work such as tree planting, herbicide application, seed collection, nursery work, fuel reduction and fire suppression, from pending Presidential Proclamations or Orders restricting entry to the United States.
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