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Workmen's Compensation Laws, Their Application to Forest Workers and Potential Influence on Primary Wood-Using Mills

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Workmen's compensation is a term used to describe various state laws which provide for recovery of damages for personal injury sustained by an employee in the course of employment. In this instance, the laws are related to forest workers and primary wood-using mills. Interviews were held with wood producers, dealers, and representatives of wood-using mills in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, 1960. Correspondence followed with various state commissioners of labor and the National Council of Compensation Insurance; interviews were held with the Michigan Workmen's Compensation Rating Bureau and the State of Michigan, Workmen's Compensation Department. Application of workmen's compensation to forest workers presents unusual problems, at least in Michigan where rates for coverage are high and forest workers are, in general, not being protected. Rates for other selected states are shown. The present Michigan law, if strictly enforced, could cause serious readjustments in the production of raw wood and operation of primary wood-using mills. Suggestions are offered for reducing costs of compensation insurance. Other suggestions related to forest workers in Michigan are: (1) The issue of who is an employer and an employee needs to be determined, and (2) the present law might be used in such a way, or amended, to cover forest workers more effectively. Workmen's compensation laws have or are capable of exerting a major disequilibrium effect on wood production and primary processing. A thorough analysis by an impartial commission is proposed.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forestry, Arkansas A. and M. College, Monticello

Publication date: 1964-03-01

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