According to an article I read the other day, “Loggers are listed as the number two worst job to have in America, and for good reason. Fifty-five loggers died back in 2017 due to fatal injuries while on the job, and an additional 350 workers sustained non-fatal injuries. The average logger makes about 40,000 a year.”
In 2012 Logging topped the list of the Most Dangerous Jobs in America. Listed below Loggers were fishers, roofers, iron workers, steel workers, electrical power line installers, truck drivers, and construction workers.
If you work in the logging trade or as a lumber mill worker, you are not surprised by this fact. You and your family know how heavy and strenuous your job is, and how high the heat index can climb on an Alabama summer day. Throw in the moving machinery and you can understand why those brave enough to work these jobs often suffer job injuries.
Aches and pains are part of the job, but this means that often a worker will suffer an injury and initially think it is only another pulled muscle and the injured worker will grin and bear it, hoping that the pain eventually subsides. Only after a day or two (or weeks) of trying to deal with a pain that simply will not go away do they report their job injury. At this point many injured workers are informed by their employer that they had waited too long to report/give notice of a job injury and therefore they are not entitled to any workers’ compensation benefits. This is rarely true as in Alabama, a worker has up to 90 days in which to inform his employer about a job injury, and an oral report is just as valid a notice means as a detailed written report. Company policy cannot override law.
If you live or work anywhere in Alabama, you work for a local lumber company (like 84 Lumber or Mid South Lumbar), a national company (like Georgia Pacific) or handle lumber someplace like Home Depot or Lowe’s, and you were hurt at work and have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers Compensation Laws, don’t hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Birmingham Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.
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Logging-Second “Worst” Job to have according to Survey