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Characteristics of Workers' Compensation Injuries for Logging Operations in Louisiana: 1985-1990

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The number of reported workers' compensation injuries in logging operations in Louisiana has decreased at a time when the number of employees in logging has increased. Employees with less than 3 yr of employment accounted for 82% of all claims. The percentage of cases involving cuts and lacerations decreased from 1985 through 1990; however, sprains and strains increased, from 15% in 1985 to 28% in 1990, during this period. Back injuries accounted for 15% of injuries. Falls contributed to 13% of injuries. Falling trees were the major cause of fatalities. Truck drivers were 20% of the claimants. Workers who were struck by or against trees or logs resulted in a major cause of lost time injuries to employees, as well as in juries from the use of hand tools, which have decreased, from 25% in 1987 to 13% in 1990. The lower extremities are most vulnerable to injuries in logging operations. Workers' compensation injuries and cost continues to be a major concern for those involved in logging operations, even though the frequency and rate of cases decreased from 1985 to 1990. South. J. Appl. For. 18(3): 110-115.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: School of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803

Publication date: 1994-08-01

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