A 24-year-old logger was killed on the job Thursday morning, according to a news release from Webster County emergency services.
The logger was cutting timber about 9 a.m. Thursday morning, according to the release. He was working for Donald & Sons Logging Corporation, which was contracted by Weyerhaeuser, a Seattle-based timberlands and wood products company.
He was working in Doddridge County about 12 miles from Gauley River Road, the release said.
Doddridge County officials wouldn’t answer questions about the man’s identity.
The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death, a spokeswoman said. This was the second logging death this year in West Virginia, she said — the first happened in Braxton County. The logger was working for Pawpay Logging, Inc.
Gov. Jim Justice issued a statement expressing condolences to the logger’s family Thursday night, adding that logging is “sometimes dangerous.” Asked about how Justice plans to make the industry safer, a spokesman for the Division of Forestry responded:
“The Governor and the Division of Forestry are committed to safe operating procedures that protect employees and will continue to enforce safety standards, certification and training requirements necessary for all those performing work in our forests,” Andy Malinoski said.