PLC Supporting Member Weekly Update Feb. 17, 2023
In this Issue
PLC Legislative Breakfast March 2 – RSVP Now!
PLC Awards 2023 – Nominations Needed!
New Supporting Members – 8 New!
PLC Annual Meeting May 4-5 – Book Rooms Now!
PLC Store – Many items for sale
Safety Resources – NEW HumpDay Video, Feedback!
Trucking – Latest news
Classified listings – Check them out!
Member Discounts – Many to choose from
Logging News – Latest headlines
PLC Legislative Breakfast March 2
RSVP now for the return of the PLC’s annual Legislative Breakfast, being held this year on the morning of March 2 at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta! This will the first time the event has been held since 2020 and you don’t want to miss this chance to meet your state Senators and Representatives, includng many new legislators who are unfamiliar with logging and the issues the industry faces. We want a great crowd for this event. See you at the breakfast!
PLC 2023 Award Nominations Needed!
Do you know a person or business involved in the logging industry who ought to be recognized for service to the community, outstanding professionalism or service to the industry? If you do, please NOMINATE THEM for one of the PLC’s annual awards.
PLC Logging Contractor of the Year Award – The PLC Logging Contractor of the Year award recognizes a PLC Logging Contractor for their commitment to the sustainability of the industry and logging as a profession.
PLC Community Service Award – This Award is given annually to a PLC member, Supporting Member or affiliated organization that has demonstrated a significant commitment to giving back to their community.
PLC Supporting Member of the Year Award – The PLC Supporting Member of the Year Award is presented annually to a PLC Supporting Member who has demonstrated an unprecedented commitment to logging contractors in Maine.
Nominations should be received no later than April 14, 2023
Welcome New Preferred Supporting Member: Haix North America, Inc.
Haix North America, Inc. of Kentucky joined the PLC as a new Preferred Supporting Member in December 2022. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality, comfortable footwear including boots for the logging and trucking industries. For more information contact Sandy Longarzo at 866-344-4249, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.haix.com.
Welcome New Preferred Supporting Member: O’Connor Motor Company
O’Connor Motor Company of Augusta joined the PLC as a new Preferred Supporting Member in January 2023. The company has been a Maine owned and operated dealership since 1950, today offering new and used GMC, Chevrolet and Buick vehicles as well as parts and service. For more information contact Scott Cyr at 207-622-3191, email email@example.com or visit www.oconnorautopark.com.
Welcome New Enhanced Supporting Member: Treeline Service Center
Treeline Service Center of Lincoln joined the PLC as a new Enhanced Supporting Member in January 2023. Treeline’s Service Center is a parts and supply store for pickups, trucks, and heavy equipment. It’s maintenance and repair department includes three shops that service forest and construction equipment, heavy trucks and trailers, service vehicles, and pickup trucks. For more information contact Kent Oliver at 207-794-2044, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or visit www.treelineinc.biz.
Welcome New Supporting Member: Maine Plywood USA
Maine Plywood USA of Bingham joined the PLC as a new Supporting Member in February 2023. The company is a proud producer of Multiply Plywood Underlayment. For more information contact Charlie Martin at 207-620-6180, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.maineplywood.com
Welcome New Supporting Member: NorState Federal Credit Union
NorState Federal Credit Union of Madawaska joined the PLC as a new Supporting Member in December 2022. Norstate is a not-for-profit member-owned cooperative with six branch locations across northern Maine. For more information contact Danielle Hebert at 800-804-7555, email email@example.com or visit www.norstatefcu.org
Welcome New Individual Supporting Member: David Delaite
David Delaite of Lincoln joined the PLC as a new Individual Supporting Member in December 2022. For more information call 207-356-0633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Welcome New Individual Supporting Member: John Scales
John Scales of Greenville Junction joined the PLC as a new Individual Supporting Member in December 2022. For more information call 603-443-7313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome New Individual Supporting Member: Wayne Buck
Wayne Buck of Rumford joined the PLC as a new Individual Supporting Member in December 2022. For more information call 207-364-4956 or email Buckcoinc@hotmail.com.
Save the Date and Reserve Rooms Now!
PLC Annual Meeting May 4-5 2023
It is time to start thinking about the 2023 PLC Annual Meeting and Log A Load Auction! The meeting will be held May 4-5 2023 at the Harborside Hotel in Bar Harbor. Rooms are already available to book so why not reserve a room now?
Group Code: MEPL050423
Steps to reserve a room at the Harborside Hotel:
- Click on Link (can also type in the group code)
- At the top of the web site modify the dates of your stay – 1 or 2 nights
- You will not be charged until the event and the resort fee will be waived
Questions? Email email@example.com
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.
Reminder on Electronic Submission of OSHA Form 300A Data
OSHA is reminding employers to submit their 2022 OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) data by March 2, 2023.
Who is required to submit Form 300A data?
- Establishments with 250 or more employees that are required to keep OSHA injury and illness records.
- Establishments with 20 to 249 employees in designated industries.
- Establishments under Federal OSHA jurisdiction can use the ITA Coverage Application to determine if they are required to electronically report their injury and illness information to OSHA. Establishments under State Plan jurisdiction should contact their State Plan.
How to submit Form 300A data:
As part of the Department of Labor’s IT modernization and security enhancement efforts, the Injury Tracking Application transitioned its login procedure to Login.gov — a secure sign-in service used by many government agencies. Current and new account holders need to create a Login.govaccount to submit their 2022 injury and illness data. Detailed guidance on how to carry out this change is available as a job aid and video.
If you have questions, visit the FAQs webpage. If the FAQs don’t address your questions, complete the Help Request Form located on the page. Thank you for your cooperation.
Office of Statistical Analysis
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
NEW Featured HumpDay Safety Video – Feedback
NEW Featured Unsafe Zone Video – Dan Qualey: Battery Explosion
CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens certification: Did you know your employees are required to have this training every two years? If your employees need this training in 2023, contact Jessica at Jessica@maineloggers.com or 207-688-8195 and the PLC will schedule training in your area. THIS TRAINING IS FREE TO MEMBERS!
Now FREE to Maine Loggers! A $300 value!
Impairment Detection Training for Employees
Attached HERE is the registration form for the March SIG Training – “Impairment Detection Training for Employers”. This training is being offered on two separate dates/locations – see registration form for details. THIS IS AN IN-PERSON TRAINING.
If you wish to attend, please complete the attached registration form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Guidelines for Companies to Drug Test Employees Not Mandated by FMCSA
Before a company can start drug testing employees not mandated by FMCSA (commercial truck drivers), it must have a policy approved by the Maine Department of Labor (DOL). LEARN MORE
On February 8, 2023, FMCSA removed the following device from the list of registered ELDs due to the company’s failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A.
ELD Name: ONE PLUS ELD (n/k/a 1 PL Logs)
ELD Model number: ORS
ELD Identifier: ORS160
ELD Provider: ONE PLUS ELD (n/k/a 1 PL LOGS)
ELD Registration ID: 8J3V
On November 4, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse published information titled “Pre-employment Investigations for Drug and Alcohol Program Violations.” The Clearinghouse notice (re-posted below) is a reminder to certain employers regarding a change requirement that will go into effect January 6, 2023. Learn more
A Millinocket man died in a snowmobiling crash on Tuesday afternoon. John Michaud, 60, had been northbound on ITS 85 on his 2018 Ski Doo Enduro 900 Turbo when he failed to stop at a road crossing, according to Mark Latti, a spokesperson for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is making 10 hours of new online video trainings in various topics available for both certification credits and simply for interest. Anyone can view the videos for free, although a fee would apply for applying certification credit. CEOs can obtain credits and view any of these online training videos for free https://www.maine.gov/dep/
Labor laws and safety requirements can seem complex – join the Maine Department of Labor for no-cost upcoming safety trainings and Wage and Hour Compliance classes!
- Respiratory Protection: February 23, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta
- Where workers are required to wear respirators to do their jobs, employers need a respiratory protection program. This course helps you determine your respiratory protection needs and covers all the elements of a written respiratory protection program.
- Improving Your Safety Training Program: February 28, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta
- An effective safety training program will lead to positive effects on safety knowledge and the adoption of safe work practices and behaviors. This one-day training assists safety professionals and safety committees learn how to analyze their audience, update on new training techniques, and develop top notch training programs.
Register and browse more classes here: https://www.safetyworksmaine.gov/training/scheduled_classes/register.shtml
The Thermal Energy Investment Program (TEIP) provides financial incentives to businesses, municipalities, educational institutions, and nonprofit entities located in the state of Maine for the installation of new thermal energy derived projects. A thermal energy derived project is defined as; a project that produces thermal energy and thermal renewable energy credits including but not limited to, (1) conversion of fossil fuel-fired boilers to wood-fueled boilers or boilers using biofuels derived from wood, and (2) installation of new wood-fueled boilers or boilers using biofuels derived from wood. TEIP requires program participants to substantially share in the cost of projects. To learn more and for documents including teh pre-approval application CLICK HERE.
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
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
Preferred Supporting Members
Enhanced Supporting Members