December 2017 Dashboard; Update on fatalities from WorkSafe; Latest IRIS report

How are we tracking?

Safetree’s How Are We Tracking dashboard for December 2017 shows that while injury rates are trending downwards, fatalities are on the rise. Seven workers died in our forests in 2017 – the highest toll since 10 workers died in 2013. Two of these deaths occurred in the busy period before Christmas.

This is a reminder of the need for everyone in forestry – forest owners, forest managers, crew foremen and workers – to be conscious of how work pressures can affect safety, and to be actively managing this risk.

Now’s a good time to check in with crews to see if there are frustrations or pressures that are making work more difficult and could lead to decisions that compromise safety. One way to find out what’s really going on on-site is to visit and ask crews non-threatening questions like the ones below:

Curious questions for forestry site visits

  • Tell me about a time when your work was difficult, slow or frustrating.
  • What makes you uncomfortable or bothers you about the job?
  • What solutions have you come up with to make the job better?
  • What can we do to make that solution even better?
  • What does the best crew look like? How do they work?
  • What it is about your work mates that makes them good to work with?
  • How do we help you to get the right resources for the job?
  • Tell me about the best clients, customers or suppliers you work with?
  • Can you tell me about the ones that are difficult or frustrate you?

View the latest How Are We Tracking dashboard to December 2017

Latest information about fatalities from WorkSafe

WorkSafe has agreed to provide information about forestry fatalities in order to help the industry learn and prevent similar incidents.
See the latest fatality information.

IRIS incident and injury report to December 2017

The latest IRIS report to December 2017 shows that, for the companies involved in the IRIS project, total injury frequency rate increased to almost 20 injuries per million hours worked during the year. The lost time incident frequency rate continued to climb. However, severity, (average days lost per lost time injury) has been declining.

Read the full report

Free frontline leadership training

The are a few places left on this free 2-day frontline leadership course for existing foremen, up and coming foremen, and H&S Reps. The course is being run in Balclutha on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March 2018.

Book your place by emailing

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