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Logging sees more workplace accidents than other jobs

While it is not a contest many would like to win, loggers have once more made the top of the list of the most dangerous occupations, according to the latest report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows that 132.7 loggers die in workplace accidents for every 100,000 full-time workers in country, drastically higher than the national average of 3.4. The families of many California loggers understand the risks they take, but it does not make it easier to bear when a tragedy occurs.

One woman recently lost her third loved one in a fatal logging accident. Her father was a tree cutter who died in 2000 when a tree fell on him. Around the same time, the woman's uncle died in a similar accident. Additionally, five other members of her family suffered serious injuries in logging accidents.

Most recently, the woman's fiancé accepted a job as a choke setter with a California logging company. Because of her familiarity with the dangers of logging, the woman tried to convince him to work elsewhere, but he wanted to be a logger. His job was to tie cables to logs and pull them up hills. On his second day of training, a log fell on him and killed him. The couple had a 3-week-old daughter.

Her story is a familiar one to many in California who have family members in the logging industry or other jobs with inherent dangers, such as fishing and construction. When workplace accidents cause injury or death, workers' compensation provides benefits to cover medical bills, lost wages and disability payments. To ensure they receive the maximum possible compensation for their circumstances, many rely on an attorney to handle the complex process of claiming benefits.

Source: breitbart.com, "Woman Loses Husband to be, Father, and Uncle to California Logging Industry Accidents", Warner Todd Huston, May 9, 2017

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