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Safety Bulletins

OPS – Operator Protective Structures

A tethered feller buncher operator was walking the machine up a hill when the 21mm poly-carbonate screen dislodged from its frame and fell backwards into the cab, hitting the operator on his head. This caused a laceration that required stitches.

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A Safety Message from the CEO

As we look forward to 2017, I feel positive about the NZ forestry sector and the role it will play in a prosperous NZ economy and society in the years ahead.

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Managing Risk - Safe Op

During 2016 PF Olsen has reviewed its approach to managing hazards and risk at forestry work-sites, including the so-called ‘particular risks’ that are outlined in the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations (GR & WM 2016).

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Reasonable Cause Testing

Methamphetamine before and after shots. We have all seen them and sometimes we have also seen the ‘real-life effects’ of drug abuse in old classmates, co-workers or in people more closely related to us and of course the despair this brings.

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Working On It - Not - Working In It!

“The fact is, the only day an employee can get injured is today. You can’t get injured tomorrow until it gets here, and you can’t get injured yesterday because it is gone. So, we have to be very, very focused on what is happening today and that becomes part of our makeup, that becomes part of our nature, and that becomes part of our culture.” Francis Petro, President and CEO of Hayes International Inc.

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Putting in the Steel!

A L4 tree feller was hit by a part of a falling tree and hospitalised with fractures and internal injuries. A head breaker-out (HBO) was pinned by the log he was cutting, however, fortunately not seriously hurt. Both men, highly qualified, were acting outside the bounds of their respective ‘work-plan’ either breaking rules or ignoring the instructions that had been given.

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Chainsaw Kickback!

We have had two serious ‘kickback’ events in recent months, one resulting in serious cuts! Chainsaw kickback injuries were at one time among the highest of the injury categories and many bushman show scars on forearms, shoulders and even their faces.

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Systematic Attention to Machinery Management Urged!

“The importance of systematic maintenance and proper fault management of machinery in workplaces has been highlighted today at the sentencing of the Lyttelton Port Company (LPC).” “...companies using any machinery in their work must ensure the machinery is maintained according to manufacturers’ instructions and must have an effective system in place to identify faults.” Chief Inspector Keith Stewart – 5 August 2016.

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