New Mexico Forest Workers Safety Certification Training Program
Extremely high workers compensation rates in New Mexico represent one of the greatest barriers to local businesses being able to win fuels reduction and wildfire hazard reduction contracts. New Mexico’s workers’ compensation insurance rates for forest workers have traditionally been higher than any other western state. In 2005 employers paid $79 in premiums for every $100 of payroll.
In contrast, New Mexico employers whose workers are Safety Certified through the Forest Guild’s training program are entitled to an immediate reduced rate of $30 per $100 in payroll reportedSince March 2006, over 400 New Mexico Forest Workers have been trained and certified through this program.
The full four-day training includes:
- Power Saw Mechanics
- Basic Power Saw Operation
- Bucking and Felling Safety
- Fireline Construction Safety
- Hazmat and OSHA Information
- CPR/First Aid
In order to maintain reduced workers’ compensation insurance premiums certified forest workers are required to attend a one-day re-certification training course. All certified workers receive written notice from the Guild of certification renewal requirements.
In 2008, the Forest Guild and partners will work to transition this program to a permanent home with the newly formed New Mexico Forest Industry Association. Until that time, the Forest Guild is offering certification and recertification courses on an as-needed basis and upon request. Participants are responsible for covering the costs of the training courses.
For more information on the program or to schedule a training course, please contact the New Mexico Forest Industry Association at 505-470-0032 or by email at