Forestry safety fo­cus of event

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By ROBERT STEVEN

The best ways to en­sure safer work­places in forestry, will be the fo­cus of the up­com­ing Forestry In­dus­try Safety Sum­mit 2015.

Fol­low­ing on from the re­cent re­lease of the In­de­pen­dent For­est Safety Re­view find­ings, the con­fer­ence will be held on March 3 and 4 at Distinc­tion ho­tel in Ro­torua, and or­gan­ised by the For­est In­dus­try En­gi­neer­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

The two days of prac­ti­cal safety pre­sen­ta­tions - with in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised key­note speak­ers - will cover top­ics like safety cul­ture change, worker be­hav­iour in risk sit­u­a­tions and how to use new tech­nol­ogy to mon­i­tor for­est op­er­a­tions.

John Stulen, direc­tor of forestry in­dus­try en­gi­neer­ing as­so­ci­a­tion, said forestry lead­ers were look­ing for tools to make forestry work­ers safer - both in the way they ap­proach the work and how it is car­ried out. He said that it was a good time for com­pa­nies in forestry to take ac­tion with their work teams, as in­dus­try reg­u­la­tions were in a state of change and it was im­por­tant to keep up to day with changes.

‘‘The In­de­pen­dent Forestry Safety Re­view has pro­vided a set of pri­or­i­ties and with this con­fer­ence, we’re bring­ing a lot of in­dus­try ex­perts to­gether to one place, so con­trac­tors and for­est man­agers can come along and see what could work for them.’’

Key­note speaker Reynold Hert – chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Bri­tish Columbia forestry safety coun­cil – will share the lessons learnt from his own coun­try’s in­tro­duc­tion of safety ini­tia­tives in 2004.

Ivan Pupulidy, direc­tor of the United States for­est ser­vice’s of­fice of learn­ing, will also of­fer his ex­per­tise on risk anal­y­sis and share the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in safety from North Amer­ica in a two-hour work­shop.

Stulen said for­est man­agers, har­vest plan­ners, trans­port op­er­a­tors and forestry con­trac­tors would all find prac­ti­cal ad­vice to as­sist their busi­nesses at the event.

‘‘Lis­ten­ing to the prac­ti­cal ad­vice of the lead­ing ex­perts in the safety area for work teams to adopt in their par­tic­u­lar crew, will be the best way to move for­ward,’’ Stulen said.

‘‘Work­ing to­gether with such amaz­ing key­note speak­ers and a prac­ti­cal group of con­trac­tors and crew lead­ers, I’m cer­tain we can help make this in­dus­try safer.’’

Visit http://forest­safety2015.com to reg­is­ter. Early bird pric­ing avail­able un­til the end of busi­ness on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 5.

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