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Loggers work outdoors in all kinds of weather. Most work 40 hours a week plus overtime. In the South, conditions usually permit year-round work, while workers in the West typically work only nine or 10 months a year because of the threat of forest fires. Snowy and rainy conditions interrupt work less frequently than they did before the introduction of rubber-tired skidders and forwarders, which make work possible even when snow is nearly three feet deep. When loggers cannot work, they repair equipment, work on farms, take other jobs, or go on vacation.

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