The National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety (THATS) Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization administered by the Forest Resources Association. Established in 1991, THATS has the following Mission: “to promote, support, and serve as a catalyst for safe and professional work attitudes, practices, and conditions in timber harvesting and transportation.” For more information, and a downloadable brochure, please click here.
Message From Our Chairman
There are about 20,000 logging businesses across the United States, employing approximately 100,000 people. Forest products transportation workers add significantly to this total. Although mechanization and improved safety practices have made these jobs much safer, they are still some of the most dangerous occupations, with a fatality rate that far exceeds the average for American workers.
The National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation has been diligent in fulfilling its mission of promoting safety among the ranks of logging and timber products transportation workers by providing grants exceeding $150,000 in just the last five years. Publication and distribution of this information, in cooperation with the Forest Resources Association, state forestry associations, professional logger associations, and other organizations, has made safety information available to a vast number of logging industry workers.
The work of the National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation is ongoing and vital. The Foundation envisions continuous improvement in the following areas of the timber harvesting and forest products transportation environment:
- Forest workers will be properly trained and will utilize personal protective equipment.
- All timber harvesting and transportation operations will utilize and enforce active safety programs.
- Timber harvesting and transportation worker injury and fatality rates will continue to decrease significantly.
- Consuming mills will have programs that promote and encourage safety improvements.
- State forestry schools will have active safety research and extension programs.
- Participation in the development and dissemination of research and training materials by state forestry and professional logger associations will continue to increase.
- Timber harvesting and transportation operations will be viewed as safe and valued employment.
- Operating costs for timber harvesting and transportation operations will be reduced through safer operations as a result of fewer accidents and injuries.
With your help, the National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation will continue to work toward its mission and goals on behalf of the entire forest products industry.
John Lemire, Chairman
National THATS Foundation
Timber Harvesting Safety Manual
This Harvesting Safety Manual provides FRA's recommendations for taking precautions against and avoiding the most common hazards and injuries in timber harvesting
Logging Safety Resources
Click here to review descriptions of handbooks, videos, and pamphlets to educate yourself or train your crew on specific areas of timber harvesting safety, with ordering information.
First-Year Safety Program
An outline for orienting new logging employees in the crucial first year.
Logging Safety Links
Alphabetical listing of logging safety resources suppliers.
FRA Loss Control Overview
FRA's Loss Control Overviews provide concise pointers on individual aspects of timber harvesting safety.
FRA Safety Alerts
FRA's one-page Safety Alerts analyze actual timber harvesting accidents and provide recommendations for correction, as training aids.
FRA Technical Releases on Safety
Click here to review past FRA Technical Releases addressing safety-related ideas and innovations.
FRA's guide to making the most of federal OSHA's on-line logging safety resources.
Concise summaries of basic forest operations and woodyard safety pointers, suitable as suppliments to an orientation program and as convenient reminders.
In addition to the materials available for free download at the task bar at left, THATS has supported production of numerous safety videos, video-based workshops, and manuals. Some recent items:
- Revised OSHA Logging Safety Training Video
- CSA 2010 Video
- Safe and Efficient Practices for Trucking Unmanufactured Forest Products
- Log Loader Safety Video for Log Truck Operators