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This report discusses changes to injury and fatality rates, particularly since 2013, before analysing how changes came about and what drove these. It considers the role that forestry owners, contractors, crews, unions and WorkSafe played in bringing about improved practice on the ground, and discusses what could be improved in the future.
The research found that WorkSafe’s focus on small-scale forestry is warranted. This report discusses the specific issues faced in small-scale forestry and the differences between harvesting woodlots and farm forests, and large, industrial forests.
This report looks at the health risks associated with working in forestry, such as noise, vibration, musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial issues, and fatigue. It then discusses how New Zealand forestry employers (both contractors and forest owners) address these, and where responses could be improved.
This report looks at the differences and similarities between two of forestry’s subsectors – silviculture and harvesting. The two subsectors are viewed as being distinct groups, with silviculture receiving significantly less focus than harvesting. However, it was evident that whilst there are difference, there are also many similarities in the health and safety issues for the two groups, and with silviculture often being a pathway to harvesting for workers – a focus on silviculture is warranted in the future.
TYPE: Case study
Placing a ‘Have your say’ board in the middle of the staff cafeteria has significantly increased worker participation for Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) – providing a ‘hotline’ for people to raise issues with senior leaders.
TYPE: Good practice guide
The purpose of these guidelines is to help reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities by providing practical guidance on how to select, operate and maintain a chainsaw to people who are occasional chainsaw users.
This guide was developed to help small operations prepare a Safety Management System (SMS) for their business.