207-688-8195 Professional Logging Contractors of the Northeast

PLC Supporting Member Weekly Update Nov. 3, 2023

In this Issue

MLOFT Graduation Nov. 9 Please RSVP by Monday!

The Logger’s Voice – Fall edition now available!

PLC Store – NEW Small First Aid Pack

Safety Resources Acadia Dividend Announced

Trucking – Latest news

Classified listings – Send us your listings!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest Headlines

MLOFT Graduation Nov. 9 Please RSVP by Monday!

Please join us at this important event as we recognize the students who will be graduating from the PLC’s seventh Mechanized Logging Operations and Forest Trucking Program (MLOFT) class after 20 weeks of training in the woods northeast of Old Town and in Passadumkeag! This is a great opportunity to learn about this unique program and the future of our industry, and to show support for the students who have worked so hard for this achievement!

Logger’s Voice Fall Edition

Now Available!

The Fall 2023 edition of The Logger’s Voice is now available! Copies have been mailed out!

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.


Safety Resources

Acadia Dividend Announced!

Acadia Insurance has announced it will pay $443,597 in premium dividends to eligible policyholder members of the Professional Logging Contractors of the Northeast (PLC) Safety Group. Since 1999, Acadia has distributed over $14 million in premium dividends to eligible participants of this safety group. 

This is a monumental total and reflects eight straight years where the loss ratio of our group has been low enough to provide a dividend. This is due to the PLC’s membership, our focus on safety, and our efforts toward risk mitigation. A total team effort and a job well done. 

If members have questions on their dividend status, they should contact their insurance agent directly or contact the PLC.

You may read the full announcement by clicking the link below.

New Small PLC Operator/Driver First Aid Pack!

In response to demand for a smaller/”must have in an emergency” first aid pack to be stored in a machine or pickup, the PLC has created a new Operator/Driver First Aid Pack.

  • Contains “must have in an emergency” bleeding control items 
  • One pack is recommended per machine/truck 
  • Detachable velcro panel ideal for mounting in a machine or truck
  • Meets OSHA requirements for a logging first aid kit
  • Supplements PLC’s larger first aid back pack but is not a replacement

The PLC Member price is $69 plus tax and shipping (if it is not picked up by the contractor or delivered by the PLC). Color RED

More information on the pack and its contents is available HERE. 

Get yours now by clicking HERE!

PLC Crew First Aid Backpack

Still available – This first aid pack was designed for the PLC members to provide you with the supplies you need for a crew in the woods. PLC Member Price – $299 plus tax and shipping (Free Pick-up available) – Color – RED

To order Click HERE

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!



Workplace safety and labor law requirements can seem complex – join the Maine Department of Labor for no-cost upcoming trainings!

Upcoming classes:

10-Hour Construction Standards

November 2 & 3, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. (Day 1), 8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. (Day 2).  SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

This one-and-a-half-day course offers basic information on a variety of construction industry safety-health standards. Attendees who complete the course will receive an OSHA 10-hour course completion certificate.


Cold Illness Prevention

November 7, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sanford Community Adult Education, 668 Main Street, Sanford

Whether it be outside on a construction site or working in an industrial freezer, some worksites in Main can be very cold. This half-day class provides recommendations to prevent cold illnesses.  Discuss signs and symptoms of hypothermia, trench foot, and other cold stress hazards. 


Scaffolding and Fall Protection  

November 13, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

This course covers the OSHA requirements for scaffolding and fall protection, including the definition of “competent person.” 


Respiratory Protection

November 14, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 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.


Impairment Detection Training for Employers

November 16, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

This one-day training session is designed to help owners, managers, and supervisors recognize and respond appropriately to employee-impairment in the workplace to reduce worker accidents and injuries. Participants will be taught procedures to detect impairment regardless of the substance or cause. In addition, participants will learn how to develop and implement policies that address impairment in the workplace and are in compliance with Maine’s Substance Use Testing Law.


Lifting & Rigging Safety 

November 27, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

Lift planning is essential to safe-lifting practices. This program provides a basic understanding or review of your knowledge about lifting safety in the workplace. It will help you determine what you may need for a lift and what type of equipment to use, including communications through signals, written, or verbal plans.


Automotive Lift/Jack Stand Safety and Compliance

November 28, 2023 | 8:30–12:30 p.m.  SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

This half-day course provides training on the proper operation of multiple types of automotive lifts, jack stands, inspection, compliance reporting, training, and documentation required by various inspection agencies. This course will have classroom and hands-on training. 


Trenching and Excavation 

November 29, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Dive, Augusta

This course explains the dangers to employees from trenching and excavation operations, soil classifications, OSHA requirements, and the types of protective systems to prevent cave-ins. You will also learn what is meant by “competent person.”


Register and browse more SafetyWorks! classes: https://www.safetyworksmaine.gov/training/scheduled_classes/register.shtml

If you have questions about safety or upcoming classes, reach out to SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE-345 or general.bls-safetyworks@maine.gov.

If you have questions about Wage and Hour compliance, please reach out to the Wage and Hour Division at 207-623-7900 or bls.mdol@maine.gov, or visit www.maine.gov/labor/bls/.  

2024 classes will also be posted online and open to registration on 11/1.

Thank you,

The Maine Department of Labor


FMCSA Removes Two Devices from List of Registered Electronic Devices

Thursday, September 14, 2023

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has removed FALCON ELD and KSK ELD from the list of registered Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). FMCSA has placed these ELDs on the Revoked Devices list due to the providers’ failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A, effective September 14, 2023.

FMCSA will send an industry email to inform motor carriers that all who use these revoked ELDs must take the following steps:

  1. Discontinue using the revoked ELDs and revert to paper logs or logging software to record required hours of service data.
  2. Replace the revoked ELDs with compliant ELDs from the Registered Devices list before November 13, 2023.

Motor carriers have up to 60 days to replace the revoked ELDs with compliant ELDs. If the ELD providers correct all identified deficiencies, FMCSA will place the ELDs back on the list of registered devices and inform the industry and the field.

During this time, safety officials are encouraged not to cite drivers using the revoked ELDs for 395.8(a)(1) – “No record of duty status” or 395.22(a) – “Failing to use a registered ELD.” During this time, safety officials should request the driver’s paper logs, logging software, or use the ELD display as a back-up method to review the hours of service data.

Beginning November 13, 2023, motor carriers who continue to use the revoked devices listed above will be considered to be operating without an ELD.

Logging News

Land near Katahdin Woods and Waters being returned to the governance of the Penobscot Nation.

30,000 acres near Katahdin Woods and Waters being restored to Penobscot Nation

The Penobscot Nation and Trust for Public Land today announced a plan to return nearly 30,000 forested acres in Maine back to the governance of the tribe. The land represents a portion of what was taken from them in the 1800s, and it’s part of a larger effort to restore ancestral homelands to Indigenous stewardship.

Member Discounts

ALC Member Discounts

PLC Members, because the PLC is a member of the American Loggers Council YOU are entitled to special discounts! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Fabian Oil Discount


Wallingford’s Discounts



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! 


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

Enhanced Supporting Members