‘Weapons’ for keep­ing log­gers safe

New Zealand Logger - - Safety Summit -

OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS WIREMU ED­MONDS has been urg­ing mem­bers of log­ging crews to ‘stand in the gap’ to help keep their mates from harm and now he’s talk­ing about ‘weapons’ to keep ev­ery­one safe.

At the For­est In­dus­try Safety & Tech­nol­ogy 2018 con­fer­ence in Ro­torua, Wiremu spoke of the next stage of his fam­ily’s plan to drive safety in the in­dus­try, in the wake of his step­son’s death in 2013.

His pow­er­ful and highly per­sonal safety style has seen Wiremu and his part­ner, Marsella, com­plete 298 ‘stand­ing in the gap’ pre­sen­ta­tions and been in­volved with more than 200 lead­er­ship pro­gramme de­liv­ered to 135 com­pa­nies here and around the world.

In or­der to de­velop a long-term sus­tain­able safety cul­ture, Wiremu draws on his Maori war­rior her­itage to tell log­gers they need to use all their ‘weapons’. But the weapons he’s talk­ing about are not the Patu or Mere, in­stead, they in­clude:

• Lead­er­ship

• Safe & healthy work cul­ture

• Risk man­age­ment

• Con­trac­tor & worker cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

• Cru­cial con­ver­sa­tions


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