New Zealand has a tragic safety record in the forestry sector.
An independent review of forestry safety has been released today
which aims to confront this record.
The report was commissioned by the Forest Owners Association,
Forest Industry Contractors Association and the Farm Forestry
Association and provides an agenda for change in the forestry
sector. The report identifies the need to change the "can
do" culture which currently exists in the sector to a
"can do safely" culture. In order to achieve this, the
report makes 11 main recommendations. It also outlines timeframes
for delivery and parameters for gauging success.
These recommendations include:
WorkSafe is to convene a Forestry Leadership Action
Group (FLAG) made up of government, industry, workers and
their representatives to oversee the delivery of a Forestry
Sector Health and Safety Action Plan (the Plan) within the
next three months.
The Plan is to focus on delivering aspects such as a charter or
pledge of commitment for industry leaders, tools and resources to
develop safety leadership capabilities, effective worker
participation, a timetable for developing standards to support safe
work and safe workplaces, a timetable for developing an
industry-led contractor certification scheme and a better approach
to data collection and information sharing.
FLAG is to work with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment (MBIE) and key stakeholders to
develop regulations to clarify forestry specific
FLAG supports WorkSafe to develop a clear and consistent suite
of supporting approved codes of practice, guidance and best
FLAG and WorkSafe are to work together to compile the relevant
legislation, regulations, approved codes of practice, policies and
procedures, and best practice documents into an accessible and
understandable Forestry Safety Manual.
FLAG is to work with the forestry industry, workers and
government departments to develop a workforce strategy focused
on appropriate forestry training.
FLAG is to work with MBIE and stakeholders to develop
regulations to specify competency standards for safety
FLAG is to work with government departments and agencies to
review training funding and curriculum to ensure the
forestry industry understands training and supervision
FLAG is to work with the sector to implement an
industry-led forestry contractor certification scheme.
WorkSafe develops key indicators for workplace
assessments using agreed indicators including underlying
Worksafe develops a comprehensive set of procedures and
process for accident investigations.
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