PLC Member Weekly Update Jan. 21, 2022
In this Issue:
Forestry for Loggers – Register Now! Final sessions next week!
Maine Forestry Recovery Initiative – Apply Now, Deadline Jan. 31 and there is no loss threshold!
Logger’s Voice Winter Edition – Now Available!
Member Reminder – OSHA 300A Reporting Requirements for Specific Size Companies
PATHH Tax Implications – FSA guidance
PLC Store – Many items for sale
Safety Resources – New HumpDay and Unsafe Zone videos!
Trucking – MDOT releases three year work plan
Classified listings – Check them out!
Member Discounts – Many to choose from
Logging News – Latest headlines
Forestry for Loggers: Final Sessions Next Week! Register Now!
*Sessions begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 25, or 27 depending on your region.
The logging industry in Maine is comprised of many loggers who have become managers because of mechanization and the complexity of their business. The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC) and the Maine Forest Service (MFS), Forest Ranger division, are partnering in January 2022 to offer three online (via Zoom) trainings focused on what the MFS looks for during Timber Harvesting Inspections to help you better manage your business.
Each session is geared toward a different region of the state and members should try to attend the session for their region if possible. The northern Maine session was held Jan. 19. Dates and locations for the remaining two sessions are below. Click the location below to quickly register online!
Jan. 25 – Central Maine (Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln,Oxford, Waldo and Somerset Counties)
Jan. 27 – Southern Maine (Androscoggin, Cumberland, Sagadahoc and York Counties)
The sessions are designed for owners, foremen, and managers of logging companies. Regional MFS Rangers will be on hand for the sessions and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions. Topics will focus on what Rangers look for during an inspection, including, Ranger activities, Forest Health & Monitoring, Forest Policy & Management, Forest Protection Division, Data collection, Forest Operations Notifications, Spark Arrestors, Forest Practices Act, Property Lines, Trip Tickets, Mill Scale Slips, Water Quality, and Timber Asset Security Checks.
This is the first in a series of PLC Logger Leadership trainings planned for 2022. Watch your email for updates on additional trainings and topics.
Forestry Recovery Initiative Phase 1 Grant Applications Due Jan. 31!
*Members please note: All member companies are eligible to apply and there is no loss ratio threshold requirement. If you have questions, call Jessica at the PLC office – 688-8195.
Applications for Phase 1 of the Forestry Recovery Initiative, a multi-phase grant program through the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) to support Maine’s forest products industry and the people it employs, create and sustain jobs in rural Maine, and strengthen the state’s economy are due by Jan. 31, 2022.
Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced the creation of the $20 million grant program through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan in November. MTI is putting forward $10 million in Phase 1 and Phase 2 grants to provide immediate financial relief to forest products industry businesses that have experienced negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible uses of Phase 1 grant funds may include but are not limited to:
- payroll costs and expenses;
- rent or mortgage payments for business facilities (unless otherwise waived by the lessor or lender);
- utility payments;
- purchase of personal protective equipment required by the business;
- business-related equipment;
- investments that strengthen the business’s ability to mitigate pandemic-related market disruptions;
- expenses incurred to replenish inventory or other necessary reopening expenses;
- necessary operating expenses.
The PLC encourages Members to take advantage of this opportunity if they qualify.
For more information, including how to apply, click HERE.
Logger’s Voice Winter 2022!
The Winter 2022 edition of The Logger’s Voice is now available!
Employers can submit 2021 Form 300 data after Jan. 2, 2022
Members, it is that time of year to submit OSHA 300A reporting data, pending the number of employees your company has. The number of employees you have will determine which track to take.
Track A: 10 to 19 employees need to post the paper 300A form at their workplace in a public location, by February 1st, 2022, and it needs to be left up until April 1st, 2022.
Track B: 20 to 249 employees need to fill out the electronic form by March 2, 2022.
Form 300A reporting does not apply to companies with nine or fewer employees.
March 2, 2022, is the deadline for electronically filing the 300A (the log of work-related injuries and illnesses) with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) if your company has 20 or more employees and your company is engaged in forestry. This form must be filled out annually as long as your company meets the aforementioned criteria. The link for more information and to submit your injury/illness information electronically can be found here:
Frequently asked questions regarding OSHA 300A reporting:
1. My establishment meets the size and industry for electronic reporting requirements, but we had zero recordable injuries and illnesses last year. Do I still need to submit a report?
–Yes, establishments that meet the size and industry reporting criteria must report their Form 300A data even if they experienced no recordable injuries or illnesses during the previous year. Those establishments would report zeroes for their injury and illness counts.
2. Do I need to submit my data using the web forms AND in a CSV file?
–No, you only have to provide the data using one of those methods. Please be aware that if you submit data for just one or a small handful of establishments, it is much easier to manually enter the data by selecting the “Create Establishment” button and filling out the two webforms rather than creating and uploading a CSV file. If you have already provided your establishment information for a previous collection (or collections), you only need to click on “View establishment list,” select the already-entered establishment, and provide the new 300A summary data.
3. Is Forestry the only type of business that needs to report this information?
–No, there are 66 industries. Here is the link to the full list – https://www.osha.gov/
(Question 4 & 5 are the same for any company with 10 to 249 employees.)
4. What does OSHA define as a reportable injury?
- Any work-related fatality.
- Any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job.
- Any work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
- Any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth, and punctured eardrums.
- There are also special recording criteria for work-related cases involving: needlesticks and sharps injuries; medical removal; hearing loss; and tuberculosis.
5. How does OSHA define 1st Aid?
- Using a non-prescription medication at nonprescription strength (for medications available in both prescription and non-prescription form, a recommendation by a physician or other licensed health care professional to use a non-prescription medication at prescription strength is considered medical treatment for record keeping purposes);
- Administering tetanus immunizations (other immunizations, such as Hepatitis B vaccine or rabies vaccine, are considered medical treatment); Cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds on the surface of the skin
- Using wound coverings such as bandages, Band-Aids™, gauze pads, etc.; or using butterfly bandages or Steri-Strips™ (other wound closing devices such as sutures, staples, etc., are considered medical treatment);
- Using hot or cold therapy;
- Using any non-rigid means of support, such as elastic bandages, wraps, non-rigid back belts, etc. (devices with rigid stays or other systems designed to immobilize parts of the body are considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes);
- Using temporary immobilization devices while transporting an accident victim (e.g., splints, slings, neck collars, back boards, etc.). Drilling of a fingernail or toenail to relieve pressure, or draining fluid from a blister;
- Using eye patches;
- Removing foreign bodies from the eye using only irrigation or a cotton swab;
- Removing splinters or foreign material from areas other than the eye by irrigation, tweezers, cotton swabs or other simple means;
- Using finger guards;
- Using massages (physical therapy or chiropractic treatment are considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes); or
- Drinking fluids for relief of heat stress.
Here is a link for a tutorial for filling out the 300A: https://www.osha.gov/sites/
PATHH Tax Implications
The American Logger’s Council (ALC) has relayed answers from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to questions regarding Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) payments and how they are handled in terms of taxable income. The responses are below. The ALC has emphasized it does NOT provide this information as tax advice and encourages PATHH recipients to consult professional tax advisor’s for their opinions.
- Are PATHH payments going to be counted as taxable income? The Farm Service Agency reports PATHH program payments to the Internal Revenue Service and program participants on a CCC-1099-G. This report is a service to help program participants report taxable income. PATHH applicants should consult with the IRS or a tax preparer for any additional questions on how this income impacts the PATHH applicant’s business.
- Will the Farm Service Agency issue a 1099 Form to PATHH applicants? The Farm Service Agency will issue a 1099 Form to a PATHH applicant if the dollar amount received by the PATHH applicant for the year is $600 or more according to IRS regulations. Farm Service Agency will send out 1099 Forms in mid to late January 2022.
PLC Online Store
Looking for great PLC items and apparel? Gifts? First Aid packs, safety items and more? You will find them at the new PLC Online Store on our web site. Ordering is easy.
Did you miss the latest Safety Resources Update? Clyde has a reminder for you below
*Safety Resources Updates will be issued on the first Wednesday of each month starting in Feb. If you are not seeing them in your email let us know!
New Hump Day Safety Video – Safety Glasses!
New Unsafe Zone Safety Video – Tony Madden: Safety Glasses!
*This video pairs well with the new HumpDay video above. Share them both with your employees!
Save the date and please RSVP!
PLC Safety Committee Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 25
Members, you are invited to join us ONLINE on Tuesday, January 25 at 9 a.m. for our next PLC Safety Committee
*A LINK FOR THE MEETING AND THE AGENDA WILL BE SENT TO ALL WHO RSVP.
Thanks again for your support of the PLC and we look forward to seeing you online for this important meeting.
The purpose of the PLC safety committee is to assist PLC companies create and maintain a safe work environment. A safe work environment will not only increase productivity, but also reduce cost and ensure long term sustainability. The safety committee assists with planning for our annual safety training events.
The Safety Resources Page is located in the Members Only section of the PLC webite and contains many additional safety videos, resources, and materials for contractors. To check them out, click the link below and log in to the web site. If you do not have a login yet follow the instructions to create one. If you need help accessing the section contact the PLC office!
AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Transportation has released the 2022 Edition of its three-year Work Plan. This Work Plan includes all capital projects and programs, maintenance and operations activities, planning initiatives, and administrative functions for calendar years 2022, 2023, and 2024. This plan contains 2,316 individual work items with a total value of $3.17 billion, consisting primarily of work delivered or coordinated through MaineDOT.
Logging Industry News
MADISON — Gov. Janet Mills joined executives Thursday from Belfast-based GO Lab Inc. and others for a ceremony that officials said marked the return of wood products manufacturing to the former Madison Paper Industries mill.
A Southern pine beetle has found its way to Maine, potentially endangering the ecosystem of the state’s forests, scientists say.
TRUCKING DISCOUNTS THROUGH THE ALC!
PLC Members, because the PLC is a member of the American Loggers Council YOU are entitled to special discounts on truck purchases! Click on the brand names below to learn more!
Fabian Oil Discount
Traction Heavy Duty Special
Maine Trailer Discounts
Scandinavian Forestry Equipment
PLC Members get a 5% discount on culverts purchased at Treeline and Frank Martin & Sons
Hale Trailer discounts for PLC Members on new trailer purchases! Call Neal at 207-232-7969 for details!
Cross Arena Discounts for PLC!
Check out the equipment and job opportunities our members have listed at the LOGGING ZONE! If you have equipment for sale, are looking to buy, are looking for employees, or