Forestry Services

Cedar block harvester
Forest service work includes cedar block harvesting.

Forestry services work occurs nationwide, yet is often hidden from the public eye. Injury and illness rates among workers in the forestry services industry are 2 to 3 times the rates of the average US worker, and fatality rates are 10 times as high. It can be dangerous work, with job tasks involving the use of chainsaws, falling and burning trees and branches, carrying and lifting heavy loads, and frequent awkward and repetitive motions. This industry manages forests for future harvest, reforestation, ecosystem management, and fuel management to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

Common injuries include broken bones, open wounds, severe poison oak rashes, and dehydration. The largely immigrant, Latino workforce in this industry is essential to US forest management, yet vulnerable because of documentation status, lack of English proficiency, low literacy, working in remote locations under contracted employment, and little skills training. 

PNASH Selected Articles

Key Partner Resources

Featured PNASH Resources

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Forest Worker Safety Talks / Platica ssobre seguridad para los trabajadores forestales

Train with real worker stories to start conversations and give essential safety tips. In English and Spanish.


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Reality Tales Videos: Injuries in the Woods / Videos historias reales: Lesiones en los bosque

Real worker injury stories, told in Spanish with English subtitles, from immigrant workers conducting contract services in our U.S. forests.


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Spanish Glossary of Forestry Services Terms / Glosario de servicios forestales:
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Glossary of common Forestry Services terms in English and Spanish.


PNASH Research

Use of Unexpected Events and Management Requiring Conditions in the Training and Management of Loggers

PNASH Pilot Project 2019-2021 | Kevin Lyons, PhD

This pilot project is developing a novel system, with a simulated environment, where workers identify potential safety concerns and assign a severity rating to the safety concerns.

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Systemic Evaluation of Exoskeletons in Reducing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Manual Timber Felling

PNASH Pilot Project 2019-2021 | Jay Kim, PhD, MS

This small pilot project assessed logging stakeholders’ interests in the use of exoskeletons to reduce musculoskeletal injuries.

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Wildfires and Human Health

Science for Nature and People Partnership 2020-2021 | Principal Investigator: June Spector,MPH, MD

A Wildfires and Human Health working group led by a team of researchers at the University of Washington and The Nature Conservancy.

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