Learning from mistakes in the forest
LOGGERS NEED TO DO MORE SHARING of information about incidents in their harvesting operations so that we can learn from their mistakes.
That’s the message Les Bak, Health & Safety Facilitator for Nelson Forests, took to the NZIF annual conference in his home town last month.
Rather than looking for someone to blame, which prevents people from speaking out of fear, we should treat all near misses and incidents as an opportunity to learn and improve health and safety, he says.
Safety achievements should be recognised and the actions of staff dealt with fairly and consistently, which would encourage crew members to intervene if they spot an unsafe situation or witness a colleague putting themselves in danger.
Mr Bak outlined how crews need to take a proactive approach to understanding the reasons behind incidents and why people acted the way they did in order to make progress.
“Smart people learn from their own mistakes, wise people learn from other’s mistakes,” he says.