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PLC Member Weekly Update Feb. 11, 2022

In this Issue:

Member SurveyPlease Respond!

Acadia Dividend Reminder – Keep the focus on Safety!

Annual Meeting 2022 – May 13, Save the Date!

Forestry for Loggers Video – Recording now available!

Logger’s Voice Winter Edition – Now Available!

Legislative BreakfastCANCELLED

Next PLC Board Meeting – March 3

Member Reminder – OSHA 300A Reporting Requirements for Specific Size Companies

PATHH Tax Implications – FSA guidance

PLC Store – Many items for sale

Safety Resources – Registration opens for Spring Safety Training

Trucking – MDOT releases three year work plan

Classified listings – Check them out!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest headlines

Member Price Inflation Survey

Please respond! Deadline Feb. 14!

Members, to help you inform your clients and customers of what you are up against right now, we are surveying the membership to gauge price inflation in labor, fuel, parts, and equipment in the Maine logging industry.

If you have already responded, thank you. If not, please respond and let us know what percentage increases you have experienced over the last two years by comparing what you paid in January 2020 to January 2022.

We understand not all these costs may apply to your business so please answer the ones that do. Once we have membership data in aggregate, we will share it with you so you can provide this information to your clients and customers for information purposes.

Please respond no later than Monday Feb. 14. Thank you.

CLICK HERE to participate in the survey

Acadia Safety Dividend Reminder: Keep the Focus on Safety!

Members who are part of the PLC Safety Group Dividend Program,

The month of January 2022 has gotten off to a pretty rough start with losses for PLC members.  We know that markets are extremely challenging right now, so please make sure that your companies do everything they can to manage risk and ensure losses don’t have a major impact upon your company and the Dividend program.

As you know, the PLC working in partnership with Acadia Insurance has made great strides in improving safety and reducing losses for our members in recent years and this has paid off with dividends totaling more than $12 million to eligible participants of this safety group since 1999. As we start another year, now is the time to renew the focus on safety!

Remember, the PLC offers many Safety Resources and PLC Safety and Training Coordinator Donald Burr is always available to to help you improve safety in your company and reduce losses. Email him at safety@maineloggers.com or call (207)-356-1541. Stay safe out there!

PLC Annual Meeting 2022: May 13

SAVE THE DATE!

Members and Supporting Members, we are pleased to announce plans to hold the PLC’s Annual Meeting and Log A Load for Maine Kids live auction this year on May 13 at a new location, the Harborside Hotel, Spa, and Marina in Bar Harbor!

Please save the date for this important event and many more details will be released soon along with sponsorship opportunities!

Forestry for Loggers Video

Recording of January session available for Members Only!

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 partnered 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. One of these recordings is now available for those who missed the original sessions. VIEW IT HERE.

Logger’s Voice Winter 2022!

The Winter 2022 edition of The Logger’s Voice is now available!

READ THE VOICE

Legislative Breakfast March 3 Canceled

It is with regret that the PLC announces that the PLC’s Legislative Breakfast scheduled for March 3 at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta has been cancelled. The PLC made this decision based on uncertainty about the legislative calendar in March amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to seeing you all in person again at this event next year.

*Members please note, while the Legislative Breakfast has been cancelled the regularly scheduled board meeting will go on. See below for details.

Next PLC Board Meeting

March 3

Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta

Full Board

All Member Contractors invited!

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.

Electronic form:

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:

https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html

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/recordkeeping/NAICScodesforelectronicsubmission.html

(Question 4 & 5 are the same for any company with 10 to 249 employees.)

4. What does OSHA define as a reportable injury?

  1. Any work-related fatality.
  2. Any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job.
  3. Any work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
  4. Any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth, and punctured eardrums.
  5. There are also special recording criteria for work-related cases involving: needlesticks and sharps injuriesmedical removalhearing loss; and tuberculosis.

5. How does OSHA define 1st Aid? 

  1. 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);
  2. 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
  3. 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);
  4. Using hot or cold therapy;
  5. 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);
  6. 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;
  7. Using eye patches;
  8. Removing foreign bodies from the eye using only irrigation or a cotton swab;
  9. Removing splinters or foreign material from areas other than the eye by irrigation, tweezers, cotton swabs or other simple means;
  10. Using finger guards;
  11. Using massages (physical therapy or chiropractic treatment are considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes); or
  12. Drinking fluids for relief of heat stress.

Here is a link for a tutorial for filling out the 300A: https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/osha_rktutorial.pdf

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.

CHECK IT OUT HERE

Safety Resources

PLC Logger Safety and Fleet Trainings 2022 REGISTER NOW!

Safety Registration 2022 The PLC is pleased to offer Logger, Fleet, CPR and Dynamic Driving Safety Training for its members in person for 2022! Please review our Logger and Fleet offerings and register as soon as possible, but no later than March 25, 2022 to ensure there is room for your employees at the chosen location(s). Trainings run from March 31 to May 25, 2022.

You may REGISTER ONLINE HERE, or download, fill out and mail back the paper registration form Safety Registration 2022 – Form (2).  A hardcopy has also been sent to your office. Via US mail.

This training is free to employees and owners of all PLC Member companies and Maine Master Logger companies! Lunch is provided, and we have added new topics based on feedback received from PLC Members. Don’t miss out, register NOW!

The PLC would also like to thank our sponsors of the 2022 Safety Trainings below. We could not offer these trainings without you!

Did you miss the latest Safety Resources Update? The NEW video below will tell you what you are missing!

*Safety Resources Updates are issued on the first Wednesday of each month. If you are not seeing them in your email let us know!

New Hump Day Safety Video – Battery Safety!

New Unsafe Zone Safety Video – Tony Madden: Safety Glasses!

*This video pairs well with last month’s new HumpDay video HERE. Share them both with your employees!

Safety Update Page

For more Safety resources and updates visit the PLC Safety Update page by clicking below!

Safety Resources for Members Only

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!

Trucking

MaineDOT

MaineDOT Releases Three-Year Work Plan

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.

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Does trucking have a training problem?

A mainstream media report focuses on increased driver turnover, a ‘lack of standards,’ and unsafe training situations for women. Is that really an accurate representation of the entire trucking industry?

 

Logging Industry News

Logs

Maine leaders call for more loggers relief program money

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – Maine’s Congressional delegation is calling for more money for a loggers relief program.

Demand from loggers has outpaced the $200 million dedicated to the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Haulers and Harvesters program.

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Maine weighs tax breaks for lumber industry

(The Center Square) – Maine lawmakers are considering a plan to extend a popular state income tax break to help new logging companies get into the business, but the measure faces opposition from the industry which says it could have “devastating” consequences.

Member Discounts

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!

PETERBILT

WESTERN STAR

INTERNATIONAL

Fabian Oil Discount

 

Traction Heavy Duty Special

 

Wallingford’s Discounts

 

 

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! 

Classifieds

PLC Classified Section


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

Preferred Supporting Members

Preferred Supporting Members

Enhanced Supporting Members

Enhanced Supporting Members