The number of loggers killed on the job increased greatly, according to reports. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 64 loggers killed during 2012. When broken down, that is 128 fatalities for every 100,000 workers. Those figures showed an increase of 25 percent from 102 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2011, which is significant.
Last year marked the first year that the death rate for loggers led that of all other American workers. Since 2009 the death rate for loggers has more than doubled. Fishermen have a death rate of 117 per 100,000 workers.
Logger fatalities currently surpass the fisherman on the job death rate. The current figure makes logging the most dangerous job in the U.S. with a death rate about 40 times greater than the worker with the average job. On average, 3.2 employees out of every 100,000 are killed on the job.
It has been pointed out that when loggers are injured, it is usually in very remote areas and they are far away from medical assistance. The loads of logs are large and are not shaped consistently. Loads can also shift unexpectedly and fall and roll down hills. The large logs can completely crush limbs or even the torso.
Some point out that the increase in housing construction may have resulted in inexperienced workers who are not as well trained and experienced and thus, resulting in more accidents. The number of construction deaths also increased last year. The number of construction workers killed during 2012 by 5 percent, which is the first increase in construction deaths since 2006.
Employers have indicated it has become difficult to recruit experienced workers. Worker’s comp costs for logging and construction have also increased, according to reports.