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Buckers and Fallers

Buckers and Fallers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, loggers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Are responsible for the health and safety of other loggers.
  • Have a low level of social interaction with other workers.
  • Communicate daily by telephone and in person.
  • Often work as part of a team.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other loggers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work outdoors.
  • Often work in enclosed vehicles and equipment, especially log trucks.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous situations, conditions, and equipment, especially when using saws and axes.
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  • Regularly wear protective gear, such as boots, hard hats, leather gloves, ear protection, and back support.
  • Are occasionally exposed to noises that are uncomfortable, such as chainsaw and engine sounds.
  • Occasionally may be exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures while working in the woods.
  • Are sometimes exposed to whole body vibration while using saws or operating equipment.

Work Performance

  • Must be careful and exact in their work, especially when using heavy equipment to move logs. Errors could cause injuries to coworkers.
  • Repeat the same physical activities while cutting or bucking timber.
  • Often make decisions that greatly impact clients and their employer's reputation.
  • Usually make decisions and set daily tasks and goals without consulting others, although they sometimes consult a supervisor.
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  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere where monthly deadlines must be met.
  • Pace their work according to the speed of the cutting machines or chainsaws.


  • May work from dawn to dark for five, six, or seven days a week.
  • Have months with no work, such as during fire season or periods of heavy rain.
  • May travel to cutting sites and be away from home during the work week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.