We’re getting close to the end of a long, hard winter – that’s left many forestry crews worn down and forestry sites sodden.
Tired workers and difficult conditions increase the risk of mistakes and injuries.
So now would be a good time for crew owners, forest managers and forest owners to check in on how people are going.
Workers know better than anyone if there are emerging problems onsite. So talking to them is an excellent way to catch problems before they turn into incidents.
Ask the crews working for you how they are coping with the conditions? Is anyone worn out, needing help? Is there a way to change the work to take account of the conditions? Are the work targets still realistic given the weather?
Talk about how fatigue and sodden sites can increasing forestry’s five critical risks – the things that most often lead to people getting killed or permanently injured:
Also ask if fatigue and poor conditions are affecting the crew’s ability to use the five critical defences know to prevent injuries: