Independence Lumber, Inc.

Logging Crew

Independence Lumber, Inc. Logging

The logging crew falls the standing trees, cuts and de-limbs them into desired log lengths, and moves them from the stump to the roadside landing—often on steep hills and over long distances. At the road, the many log types are processed, sorted and loaded on trucks for transport to saw-mill. All crewmembers receive ample job-tailored safety and task training, due to the many hazards from falling trees, moving logs, rough terrain, heavy equipment, and mountain driving.

Tailored to the site conditions, the crew uses a suitable mechanical logging system to cut trees, and move the timbered logs to the roadside. A logging crew may entail two to eight workers and a variety of purpose-built heavy machinery.

The heavy equipment machinery operator on a forest jobsite is often part of a 2 to 8-person team engaged in logging, forestry maintenance, or road building. The “operator” runs a machine (heavy equipment), which is purpose-built to accomplish a specialized forest production task—such as tree falling, log processing, debris piling, or road grading. Each machine demands specific skills in operation and safe performance. The operator spends much of their day inside an enclosed climate-controlled machine cab, at the automated controls that direct the machine’s movements. The operator is typically responsible for their own machine basic service, refueling, diagnostics and minor repairs.

 Becoming a proficient heavy equipment operator takes a tremendous amount of skill and experience, often learned by working your way up-the-ladder in related jobs and operating less complicated machinery. Inexperienced new employees must start in entry-level jobs to learn the trade. Then, once more experience is acquired; seasoned workers can learn equipment operation from an experienced operator.

Drives a “long-log truck” to transport logs from remote forest locations to lumber mills. Truck travels highways as well as unpaved, narrow, winding, steep logging roads. Logs are loaded onto this truck by another log loader machine, located at the forested roadside. The driver operates a purpose-built, heavy log truck—which is an 18-wheel semi tractor with removable trailer with log bunks & racks.  

Drives a “lowboy truck” to transport heavy equipment or machinery between logging jobsites, or to haul equipment between remote  locations and to the maintenance shop at Independence Lumber, Inc. The lowboy truck, and its long, low-slung flat trailer, travels on both highways and on unpaved, narrow, winding, steep logging roads. Heavy equipment is carefully moved onto the low-slung trailer, driven by its machine operator. The truck driver operates this heavy truck—which is an 18-wheel semi tractor, with its flat trailer