Logger deaths jumped dramatically in 2012

by Eric Pearson

Sixty-four loggers were killed in 2012 according to an annual report recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The fatality rate for loggers was up 25% from 2011. It was the first year since 2004 that the death rate for loggers led that of all other American workers. The death rate for loggers has more than doubled since 2009. And the rate is nearly 40 times higher than it is for the average U.S. worker.

In recent years, mechanized logging operations have greatly increased. Experts had expressed the belief that such mechanization would lead to a decrease in the death rate of logging workers. Even mechanized logging, however, is an inherently dangerous occupation. Loggers often must dealing with heavy and irregularly shaped loads. During logging operations, logs can swing around, fall in the wrong place or tumble down hills. And when accidents do happen, injured loggers are often in very remote areas far away from medical help.

If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed or injured, in a logging accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our law firm has years of experience handling work-related personal injury and wrongful death cases. Our partners Jim Orr, Michael Heygood, and Eric Pearson are all board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, all have significant trial experience and have all been named as Texas Super Lawyers by their peers for many years.*

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Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson were selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication, for the years 2003 through 2013.