Mechanized Logging

Mechanized logging classifications help firms save money on their industrial insurance premiums.

You may qualify for the mechanized logging classification 5005-00 ( if:

  • You have control of the logging side (site);
  • No workers are on the ground during the logging operation;
  • L&I surveys your operation and approves the mechanized logging classification 5005-00.

You may qualify for the logging machine operators classification 5005-01 ( if:

  • Your company has equipment such as a feller buncher, processor, forwarder, skidder, log loader, or tower/yarder where the equipment operators are in protective cabs and don't normally leave the cab to perform logging operation duties.

Get approved

If either classification is authorized by L&I, you must complete the Mechanized Logging Supplemental Quarterly Report (F212‑223‑000) in addition to your quarterly report.

Felling trees by hand

Workers reported in the mechanized logging classifications may on rare occasions need to hand fall a tree because it is oversized or the terrain is too steep to safely operate machinery. The time workers are hand cutting trees on the ground must be reported in classification 5001-03 Logging NOC (

Work performed inside the cab may still be reported in classifications 5005-00 or 5005-01 as long as accurate records are maintained. Without original time records, a machine operator who performs any work outside the cab at the logging side, will have all of their hours assigned to classification 5001-03.

Operating towers/yarders

Employees operating a tower/yarder:

  • On the ground must be reported in classification 5001-03 Logging NOC.
  • Outside the cab for setup or tear down must be reported in 5001-03 Logging NOC.
  • Inside the cab may still be reported in classification 5005-01 Logging Machine Operators provided adequate records are maintained.

Avoid common injuries and their costs

Most injuries occur in equipment classifications when operators slip entering or exiting the cab of the machine or they jump from the machine's tracks to an unsafe location.

Train your operators to:

  • Use handrails.
  • Wear appropriate shoes.
  • Be cautious when tracks are wet or slippery.
  • Avoid jumping on unsolid ground.

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