Late last year we held a joint WorkSafe/FISC summit, where people from the industry identified issues that have an impact on health and safety in forestry. They also identified who was best placed to deal with these issues. I’d like to share their findings with you, as these will be a focus area for FISC/Safetree’s work in 2019.
Thanks for your support in 2018 and I look forward to working with you this year.
Getting ready for Safetree worker certification just got easier with the launch of the Safetree tree-faller game. This online and mobile app game can be used to test whether a tree-faller is ready to be assessed for certification.
The game has four levels and only very experienced fallers can make it through the fourth level. You need to register to use the game (to stop hackers, Safetree won’t track your results) or companies/trainers can register workers so they have access to their workers’ results.
This is a great way to get ready for certification – or just to test your tree-falling knowledge.
Registrations are open for the Safetree Conference on 13-14 March in Christchurch, being held in conjunction with FICA. The focus will be on successful work and lifting capability. Conference speakers will talk about ways to achieve this.
The guest speaker will be Sir John Kirwan, former NZ All Black and rugby union coach. Sir John is also a passionate advocate for improving mental health, particularly for those suffering from depression.
Other speakers include Jono Brent, CEO Connetics, and Daniel Hummerdal, Chief Advisor Health & Safety Innovation WorkSafe. They will talk about innovative approaches to health and safety. Dr Hillary Bennett, Director of Leading Safety, will talk about leadership and culture. There will be workshops on running a lean business with Glenn Manahi from Smarter, Better, Faster, and on leading and communicating at tailgate meetings with Andy Smith from training experts, the Learning Wave.
There will also be a trade display where people can check out forestry products and equipment. Early bird registrations have been extended until 22 January.
With everyone coming back to work after the holidays, now could be a great time to re-enforce some good practices at tailgate meetings. To help with that, here’s a summary of the 5-step felling plan from Safetree’s tailgate meeting resources.
Step 1: Assess the site
Step 2: Assess the tree
Step 3: Prepare work area and escape route
Step 4: Use the correct felling techniques
Step 5: Retreat and look up!
If anything looks unsafe, stop felling, reassess, and consider getting help.