A British voice sounds off the names of trees. Among them are “the larch, the fir, the mighty scots pine, the smell of fresh cut timber, the crash of mighty trees,” followed by the musical lyrics of Monty Python’s “Lumberjack Song.”
The signatories of this letter represent the forest products industry wood supply chain and are part of an industry that contributes $300 billion annually to local economies and supports one million well-paying jobs in the United States.
Marie Price (Director of Training and Development, Idaho Forest Group); Brenda Myers (State Director/MS, DOL Apprenticeship Division); and Dale Lemmons (President, Signature Transport) talked about their experiences with the Registered Apprenticeship Program, the program’s benefits, and ways that companies can get involved at the state and federal levels.
We all understand or are aware of just how dangerous logging is as a profession. It is no job for the faint of heart. It is more than just a risky profession; it is the most dangerous occupation in the United States! In the mid to late 1980s, Ohio saw a 43% increase in accidents within their wood products industry, and everyone was asking the question, “what could be done and how to do it?”
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