The award also takes into consideration that much of the company's work in 2008 was done in extremely difficult and hazardous conditions in "blow-down" areas near Raymond, South Bend and Pe Ell, after a severe windstorm in December 2007 devastated the forested areas along the coast.
The company was nominated by L&I safety consultant Steve Poppe, who had provided consultation services to the company over a period of time and observed that they were "always on top of safety, no matter the circumstances."
"Many in the logging industry, especially younger workers, believe that injuries are inevitable if you are hand-falling timber or setting chokers," Poppe said. "This award recognizes that there is much an employer can do to reduce hazards and keep workers safe, even in the most hazardous industry."
L&I offers free workplace consultations, in addition to free workshops, videos, and online training to help employers meet safety and health requirements and promote safety in their workplaces. Learn more at SafetyConsultants.Lni.wa.gov.