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CHOKER SETTER
Works on forested slopes, attaching a “choker” to each downed log, then hooks the tail of the choker to another cable or hook—so that a machine can safely pull the log toward the road. A choker is a noose of strong cable (wire rope), which is secured around a log by hooking one-end of the cable noose to a bell that slides & cinches around the log end. On cable logging operations, the choker setter assists with safely moving and re-rigging the cables & blocks used to pull/suspend logs toward the road. On cable logging operations, setter also may use a radio to help guide movements of cables, machinery, and crew members to hook the logs. Choker setter usually works in teams of 2-5. Communicates safe log movement instructions using a radio and hand signals. Requires special safety clothing, physical-fitness, endurance, and hiking the often steep forest terrain, climbing over downed trees, while carrying a radio and heavy cable rigging.

 

RIGGING SLINGER
Works on forested slopes, directs a team of 2-6 workers (rigging crew=choker setters+chaser). On cable logging operations, the rigging slinger also directs the safe movement and rigging of cables, blocks and machinery used to pull/suspend logs toward the road. Rigging slinger uses up to three radios to guide the movements of cables, machinery, and crew members to hook the logs. Choker setter is a worker who attaches a “choker” to each downed log, then hooks the tail of the choker to another machine, cable or hook—which can safely pull the log toward the road. A choker is a noose of strong cable (wire rope), which is secured around a log by hooking one-end of the cable noose to a bell that slides & cinches around the log end. Communicates safe log movement instructions using a radio and hand signals. Requires special safety clothing, physical-fitness, endurance, and hiking the often steep forest terrain, climbing over downed trees, while carrying a radio and heavy cable rigging.

 

 

HOOK TENDER
Commonly called the “hooktender,” the logging crew supervisor oversees the safe production of an 8-10 person crew & several machines. A single logging crew cuts and brings whole trees or logs from the stump to the roadside landing—often on steep hills and long distances. After whole trees are processed into desired log products, they are sorted and loaded onto log trucks. Work involves prescribed layouts, precise tree falling and log manufacturing, complex tree skidding, technical rigging, purpose-built technology, and heavy equipment. Hooktender directs logging methods, operations, machinery, materials, and workforce. Supervisor coordinates work plans and accomplishment with crew members, technicians, project manager, professional foresters, contract managers, timber purchaser, landowner, and others. Supervisor walks over rough terrain to oversee crew and machine operators, production, safety, equipment, engineering, and resource protection. Position works outdoors; must be in excellent physical condition; be a strong problem-solver, requires daily travel to jobsites. Supervisor drives vehicles on narrow mountain roads, during transportation of the logging crew and tools to the forest jobsites. Communicates safe equipment and log movement instructions using several radios and hand signals. Requires special safety clothing, physical-fitness, endurance, and hiking the often steep forest terrain, climbing over downed trees, while carrying radios and heavy cable rigging.