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. 

Selected Articles & Resources

Forestry Safety and Spanish Resource Links


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Practical Solutions for Pesticide Safety: Handheld Equipment

Online solutions for applicators using handheld equipment developed in collaboration with industry partners in nurseries, greenhouses, & forestry. 


Online Learning: Heat-Related Illness Prevention

An online course with practical resources, ready-to-use toolkits. Developed by researchers and agricultural partners.


How to Use a Chainsaw Safely - Part 1

Learn how to operate a chainsaw to fell trees. Topics include choosing an appropriate saw, safety features, proper posture, and more.

PNASH Research