Learn­ing from mis­takes in the for­est

New Zealand Logger - - Nzif 2018 -

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.

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