Safety progress un­der the spotlight

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

AD­VANCES THAT HAVE BROUGHT PRAC­TI­CAL ben­e­fits to forestry work­places through changes in cul­ture and tech­nol­ogy will be the fo­cus of a na­tional con­fer­ence on for­est safety prac­tices next month.

The fourth FIEA For­est Safety & Tech­nol­ogy Con­fer­ence, which takes place in Ro­torua on Au­gust 8 and then moves to Mel­bourne on Au­gust 15, will cover progress made since the hor­ror year of 2013, when ten peo­ple died in New Zealand forests. Much of the progress has been in­dus­try-led.

“Some of our lead­ing for­est con­trac­tors and com­pa­nies have de­vel­oped safety im­prove­ments in both cul­ture in the work­place and tech­nolo­gies to re­duce harm on the for­est floor,” says For­est In­dus­try En­gi­neer­ing As­so­ci­a­tion event man­ager, Gordon Thom­son.

“Our speak­ers are prac­ti­cal lead­ers talk­ing about real case stud­ies for this year’s con­fer­ence. Many of them have al­ready de­liv­ered safety out­comes for their teams and clients. The prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion they will bring in­cludes some no­table re­sults with in­dus­try lead­ing con­trac­tors.”

FIEA has also teamed up with the For­est In­dus­try Safety Coun­cil (FISC) to or­gan­ise a half-day work­shop in ad­di­tion to the one­day con­fer­ence in New Zealand, to al­low peo­ple to in­ter­act in a more in­for­mal for­mat. It will take place on the morn­ing af­ter the main con­fer­ence. And in Aus­tralia a sim­i­lar work­shop takes place on the af­ter­noon be­fore the con­fer­ence.

These con­fer­ences sold out in 2017 and FIEA ex­pects ca­pac­ity au­di­ences for the two 2018 events. A spe­cial on-line early-bird del­e­gate reg­is­tra­tion of­fer is avail­able for a lim­ited time. De­tails are at https://forest­safety.events.

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