Dated back to the early 1600s , logging is among the most dangerous job in the United States. Department of labor rate for 2011 was 102.4 fatalities per 100,000 workers.
- The median wage for American logger in 2011 was US$ 37,360. Higher than the median wage across the country for that year, which was US$ 26,364.
- For safety protection, chainsaw operators need to wear six pieces of safety equipment :
- Head protection
- Eye and face protection
- Hearing protection
- Protective chaps or pants
- Protective footwear (i.e : steel-capped boots)
- Combination head protection
- CHAINSAW !!: with over 14,000 revolutions per minute and 932 teeth per point in a second. The average chainsaw injuries require 110 stitches. Nearly 40 percent of injuries occur in the lower extremities.
- Global wood consumption is expected to increase over 50 percent by 2050.
- Logger own vocabulary :
- A "bucker" was someone who cut trees into manageable pieces after they'd been chopped down by the "faller".
- "whistle punk" relayed information between the worksite and the area where logs were dragged for loading.
- "Blow down": A tree that is felled by natural causes.
- "Sexy tree" : A tree selected for breeding because of its high seed crop.
- "Widow maker": A loose, heavy limb dangling from a tree, ready to drop on and kill an unsuspecting logger.