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EXPO Richmond 2024: Innovations in Safety Training and Industry Support

On April 12-13, 2024, Forestry Mutual Insurance had the pleasure of attending the 39th East Coast Sawmill, Logging, and Pallet Equipment Exposition at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA—historically known as the birthplace of Secretariat, the horse racing legend. The event celebrated forestry's rich past, dynamic present, and promising future by gathering seasoned exhibitors, enthusiastic newcomers, and industry veterans.

Expo Richmond 2024 was more than just a business event; it was a lively community gathering. The expo featured live equipment demonstrations, networking opportunities, and family-friendly activities, showcasing the resilience and unity of the forestry community. Attendees had the chance to engage in hands-on safety training sessions, see the latest advancements in logging technology, and discuss best practices for workplace safety. This interaction and exchange of ideas are vital for continuous improvement and innovation within the forestry sector.

We were especially excited to have our loss control field representatives, Shawn Fulks and Ryan Barton, share their expertise through our Sharp Logger classes. These sessions were packed with essential knowledge and skills to ensure workplace safety and regulatory compliance using Sharp Logger equipment.

The expo also gave us a wonderful chance to celebrate our esteemed business partners, including the Virginia Forestry Association, Virginia Loggers Association, United Risk Advisors, TimberRisk, and Gaines & Critzer. These partners have been instrumental in ensuring the sustainability and growth of forestry operations in the region. Their collaboration been key in advancing our mission to promote safety and well-being within the industry.

As a logging industry supporter for over 50 years, we've earned a reputation for excellence in workers' compensation services, and we're proud to be a trusted ally for loggers across the country. Our participation in the expo demonstrated our ongoing commitment to providing high-quality services to the industry.

Forestry Mutual's training programs are designed to give workers the tools and information they need to maintain a safe working environment, reduce the risk of accidents, and boost productivity. We believe that comprehensive safety training is not just a requirement but a cornerstone of a thriving and sustainable forestry industry.

We’re proud to be part of this dynamic and essential industry, and we look forward to many more years of collaboration and success. Together, we can ensure that the forestry industry remains strong, safe, and prosperous for generations to come.

If you’re interested in joining this vibrant industry, we warmly invite you to become a broker with Forestry Mutual. Submit your high-risk workers' compensation application and learn more about what we offer. By becoming part of our network, you’ll gain access to a wealth of resources and support designed to help you succeed.

After all, thanks to the support of our dedicated partners, the future of the forestry industry looks brighter than ever! We hope our commitment to workplace safety, comprehensive training programs, and exceptional workers' compensation services continues to foster a safer and more efficient working environment for all.