Maine logger injury-illness rate is half of the national average

By Mike St. Peter, CLP Executive Director

In these extraordinary times it was expected that new certification and recertification numbers would be down, although the CLP board and administration responded is to keep the CLP viable and maintained as a full-time program. We have continued to meet the requirements of industry certification systems, insurance company requirements, state, and federal government regulations, and most importantly the health and safety of the logging community.

The Maine Department of Labor statistics for the most recent year, reports the incidence rate for occupational injuries and illnesses, for the logging sector is one half that of the national average.

Here are the outcomes and accomplishments that CLP program completed 2020:

  • The Maine Department of Labor statistics for the most recent year, reports the incidence rate for occupational injuries and illnesses, for the logging sector is one half that of the national average.
  • For the 16th straight year, contractors in the CLP mechanical category will pay less for workers’ compensation rates. The CLP mechanical rate for new and renewal policies through April 2021 will be 49% less than non-certified workers. Maine’s rate for mechanical logging the lowest in the nation, saving the industry millions of dollars over
  • The conventional logger workers compensation rate has continued to drop overall since 2008. It is currently 60% less than the rate was in 1993. Again, one of the lowest in the
  • CLP continues to partner with Maine’s Sustainable Forest Initiative and Maine Forest Service to promote use of BMPs and sound forest management in In 2020 SFI has made a generous contribution to fund 100 additional onsite logging evaluations
  • In calendar year 2020, 25 new individuals in three classes, and 225 loggers in 12 online recertification have participated in training, and education. In addition, we continue to complete performance-based worksite reviews, which provides the opportunity for one-on-one
  • Maine Tree Foundation looks to expand the “value of certification” for loggers and will receive funding to partially pay for the cost of certification and recertification for the next three years. This is great news!

 

The CLP program is committed to logger education and to the promotion and recognition of those who meet and exceed the CLP standard. The past 30 years has had a positive effect. We can be assured maintaining consistency with safety, quality, and efficiency is changing our logging legacy for the better!

Logging practices continue to improve statewide. Loggers, landowners, and mills have all assumed benefits for these efforts.