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Safety Bulletins

Are our Roads Safe

Anyone making a road has a clear duty to provide infrastructure that is fit for purpose. Standard Engineering Specifications (SES) would provide a base line for establishing ‘fit for purpose’. In the event that there is a serious road accident, for example, the first test would be – did we meet our standard specifications?

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Tree Felling and Observation!

The ACoP – Forest Operations – (s.11.7.4, page 72) states that “…if a one-onto-two tree drive is unsuccessful, falling (tree felling) shall cease until an observer is present to help plan management of that hazard.” Here the ACoP identifies that some aspects of tree felling are a very high risk and that in such cases having two sets of eyes is a good thing!

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Unformed Tracks - Planting!

Every year Silviculture workers plant millions of seedlings in New Zealand. However, winter conditions can also make planting much more risky for those involved.

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Work around Live Power Lines

Electricity Hazards – Are we taking them seriously? Work around live power lines is nothing new; indeed some contractors have developed great expertise in this field.

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Are we at the top of our triangle?

Near hits – an indicator of harm! Heinrich's Law suggests that for every event that causes a major injury (e.g. a death) there are near-hits that share common root causes.

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Think about Trainees and younger people!

Our investigation of an incident showed that the injured person had four months experience as a silviculture thinner, he was still under training. This was the third incident he had been involved in during the last three months! Do you hear the alarm bells ringing? What would have assisted?

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Breaking-out and tree felling!

The ACoP Safety and Health in Forest Operations – (s.12, page 81) states that the “…the contractor/employer shall have a documented process to determine and identify the safe retreat position for each line or days’ work…” (12.2.23) and …including the head breaker-out… “shall ensure the process is understood, agreed and carried out...”

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Machine Fires! Have you checked?

Checks and maintenance! The risks associated with a machine fire are enormous – they can cause serious harm as well as major forest fire with costs running into the millions of dollars!

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Alert - Allergies & Anaphylaxis

What is Anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis (according to Wikipedia) is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. It typically causes a number of symptoms including an itchy rash, throat swelling, and low blood pressure. The most common causes include foods, and medications, however, in forest operations the main culprit is insect bites and stings – most notably from WASPS!

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New D&A Survey 2016!

Viewpoints change… George Bernard Shaw, the Nobel-Prize and Oscar-winning Irish playwright said: “…Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything…”

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2009 D&A Survey

Back in 2009, PF Olsen Ltd commissioned a survey of its workforce that centred on the newly released ‘Plantation Forestry Code of Practice – Eliminating Drugs & Alcohol from the Workplace’. The survey responses provided great insight and helped design our programs.

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