Skip to comments.Death of Fort Bragg man is third logging tragedy for his fiancee
Posted on 05/09/2017 9:55:14 AM PDT by rey
Aguayo pleaded with him to be safe.
I will, Osorio promised.
Those were the last words they spoke. Hours later, Osorio, 22, was dead.
He was killed by a falling log while working as a choke setter, tying cables around trees so they could be pulled up a hill, according to the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident, which occurred off a logging road about 15 miles northeast of Fort Bragg. The exact cause of his death is pending completion of an autopsy report.
Aguayo didnt want him to go into logging, didnt want him working a job that killed her father and an uncle in separate accidents in 2000.
At least five other relatives have been injured in logging accidents, Aguayo said.
Osorio had been making about $13.50 an hour working at the two restaurants where he was employed as a busser and a prep cook.
But the entry level rate for logging was better, $18 an hour, Aguayo said. Always a hard worker, Osorio planned to continue working a second job even though Aguayo and others had warned him logging was too physically taxing.
She feels guilty she didnt do more to stop him from taking the job. Logging jobs are among the most dangerous civilian occupations, regularly ranking at the top in on-the-job deaths per 100,000 workers in the field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In 2014, it was the No. 1 killer, with 111 deaths per 100,000 loggers. Osorios is the only logging death on record for Anderson Logging in last seven years, according to Cal OSHA, which purges its records seven years after investigations are closed.
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As usual, the article misses a lot.
I thought the company was reasonably generous in paying out to her as she was only a fiance and not his wife (perhaps the payment is to his daughter) and paying for funeral expenses, something I seldom hear of.
One of my brushes with death was working as chain man to hook up logs to be pulled to clear a power line.
Spent a week in the hospital.
Watch the movie SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION.
Yep, that’s a good movie.
Something to ponder next time you pick up some 2x4 lumber at the yard. Brave men in this industry. I worked a lot in younger years in sawmills and pulp mills. Lots of danger there, too. There’s nothing like losing control of black liquor boiler smelt chemistry. It sounds like hand grenades going off in the smelt tank.
That was the first movie HBO showed.
In the Northwest, the timber industry used to be a place where a young guy could make good money without having to go to college.
The timber industry is just about gone from there now.
My Dad worked at pulp mills.
They had one fatality or crippling injury per year out of about 300 guys.
Ummm...isn't Fort Bragg in NC? Why is The California OSHA investigating?
I watched it again several months ago. It was unedited and showed the Dad’s arm.
Makes my stomach churn to watch it because I grew up with people like that.
There is also a Fort Bragg in California.
My gramps had a logging tug boat on the Klamath river back in the early 50’s.
Logging is one of the most dangerous jobs there is. FAR more dangerous than cop or firefighter, with much worse pay.
Fort Bragg is a beautiful area, hoping to retire to there.
Did you live in Longview?
Nope. Humboldt county all my life.
Nope. They moved it:
$18 an hour for a logger? What’s that after taxes? 10 bucks an hour?? Good grief!
Those people are being robbed...
Watch the movie SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION.Lee Remick alone makes it very watchable.
I mixed up the Klamath and Cowlitz rivers.
I have like geography dyslexia.
“Please go up and point out Kentucky on the map.”
“No, that is California.”
“So my cousin in Lexington is lying when he tells me he goes surfing all the time?”
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