Fatality Reports

By many measures, logging is the most dangerous occupation in the United States. The tools and equipment such as chain saws and logging machines pose hazards wherever they are used. As loggers use their tools and equipment, they deal with massive weights and irresistible momentum of falling, rolling, and sliding trees and logs. The hazards are more acute when dangerous environmental conditions are factored in, such as uneven, unstable or rough terrain; inclement weather including rain, snow, lightning, winds, and extreme cold and/or remote and isolated work sites where health care facilities are not immediately accessible. The combination of these hazards present a significant risk to employees working in logging operations throughout the country, regardless of the type of timber being logged, where it is logged, or the end use of the wood.

The following are fatality investigation reports of incidents that have occurred in the logging industry within the United States. They are presented on this website to influence safety management and to serve as discussion-starters for employee safety meetings.

Chain saw operator dies after being struck by excavator bucket during site clearing

Hispanic logger struck and killed by a falling tree cut by a feller buncher machine

Tree feller killed when struck by chain saw

Logging company owner dies after being struck by a falling tree

Tree trimmer/climber dies after falling 40 feet with an uprooted tree trunk

Tree feller killed by a piece of wood from a falling tree

Logger dies after falling from tractor

Logger dies after falling from log skidder

Truck driver dies after being struck by log that fell from logging truck

Machine operator struck and killed by cutting head of feller buncher machine

Chokersetter killed by falling tree

Timber cutter killed by falling tree limb

Timber cutter killed by falling tree limb

Timber cutter/skidder operator killed by falling tree

Equipment operator struck and killed by skidder

Foreman/skidder operator killed by falling tree

Timber cutter dies after being struck by a falling snag

Tree feller killed by falling tree limb

Owner of logging company crushed by rootwad of windfall tree

Truck driver killed when struck by log that rolled off truck during loading operation

Tree feller dies after being struck by a chain saw

Tree feller crushed by dislodged tree

Tree feller crushed by falling tree

Tree faller dies after being struck by a falling snag

Tree faller crushed by dislodged tree

Tree faller/bucker crushed between two logs while bucking a fallen tree

Tree faller killed when struck by decayed slab jarred loose by fallen tree

Falling tree limb strikes loggerTree Faller Killed When Struck by Decayed Slab Jarred Loose by Fallen Tree

Tree Faller/Bucker Crushed Between Two Logs While Bucking Fallen Tree

Tree Faller Crushed by Dislodged Tree

Truck Driver Killed When Struck by Log that Rolled Off Truck During Loading Operations

Owner of Logging Company Crushed by Rootwad of Windfall Tree During Bucking

Logging Equipment Manager Dies in Helicopter Tail Rotor Strike

Logging Crane Operator Dies in Crane Tip-Over

Logger Killed While Felling Tree

Logger Killed While Attempting to Dislodge a Previously Felled Tree With Another Tree

Logger Killed When Struck by a Dislodged Limb

Logger Killed When Struck by Rebounding Tree

Logger and Logging Supervisor Killed by Uprooted Tree

Truck Driver Dies when a Load of Lumber Falls Over and Crushes Him in California

Laborer Electrocuted While Felling Trees on Private Property

Logger Killed When Struck by Log That Rolled of Truck During Unloading Operation

Log Loader Runs Over Worker at Stave Mill

Logger Killed in End Loader Rollover

Logger Killed by Falling Snag

Logger Killed When Log Rolls Off Truck at Sawmill

Log Rolls Off Truck During Unloading and Strikes Logger

Logger Killed by Falling Snag

Logs Roll Off Truck at Sawmill Killing the Truck Driver

Logger Killed by Falling Snag

Logger Killed When Struck by Tree

Farmer Killed on Tractor During Logging Operations

Logger Killed During Tree Felling

Logger Killed When Struck by Tree Limb During Hauling

Logger Crushed During Repair Work on Skidder

Dislodged Tree Strikes Logger

Skidder Operator Thrown From Vehicle During Rollover

Logger Fatally Injured by Falling Limb

Knotted Log Rolls Off Truck and Kills Logger at Sawmill

Log Rolls off Truck at Sawmill Killing Employee

Log Rolls off Truck at Sawmill Killing the Truck Driver

Logger Fatally Injured by Falling Tree in Kentucky

Logger Killed While Freeing Maple Log With Chainsaw During Skidding Operation

Logger Killed When Struck By Lodged Tree That Fell

Logger Dies After Being Struck By Falling Tree

20-Year-Old Man Killed When Struck By Tree Falling from Tree-Cutting Machine

Groundman Killed by Falling Tree Section at Tree Removal Operation

Logger Crushed While Felling a Tree

Truck Driver Killed when Struck by Laminated Veneer Beams Falling from a Forklift

Contractor Dies in Tractor Overturn While Skidding Logs

Logger Killed by Falling Sheave When Yarder Tower Collapses

Logger Killed as Skyline Cable Whips Free of Slash Pile

Operator Killed When Bulldozer Slides Off Logging Road

Truck Driver Crushed by Front-end Loader in Mill Yard

Ranch Hand Killed by Bulldozer While Logging

Logger Killed by Swinging Tree in Yarding Operation

Logger Killed when Struck by Top of Falling Tree, which was Felled by an Adjacent Cutter

Logger Killed When Struck by Falling Cedar Blocks During a Helicopter Logging Operation

Logger Killed by Log during Helicopter Logging Operation in Washington State

Bulldozer Operator/Logger Crushed by Crawler Bulldozer

Log Cutter Dies in West Virginia After Being Struck By a Limb From a Dead Tree

Bulldozer Operator/Logger Crushed When Struck by Falling Tree

Tree Cutter Dies After Being Struck by Log That Fell From Logging Truck in West Virginia

Tree Feller Dies in West Virginia After Being Struck by Boulder That Rolled Down Hillside

Tree Feller Dies After Being Struck by Tree Being Felled in West Virginia

Tree Feller Dies After Being Struck by Tree Being Felled

Tree Feller Dies After Being Struck by Entangled Tree While Felling Tree

Tree Feller Dies After Being Struck by Snag While Felling Tree

Worker Dies After Being Run Over by the Skidder He was Operating in West Virginia

West Virginia Dozer Operator Dies After Being Struck-by a Tree

Timber Cutter Dies After Being Struck by Elevated Butt of Previously Felled Tree

Timber Cutter Dies After Being Struck From Behind by a Tree

Logger Dies After Fall from Skidder to Tree Stump

Logger Dies After a Log Skidder Rolled Downhill and Struck Him as He was Felling a Tree

Part-time Logger Pinned by Tractor Wheel after Being Knocked from Operator’s Seat