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Safety Bulletins

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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Complacency and Underestimation!

Smaller, day-to-day things that will hurt and harm! A few years ago an emergency paramedic, stunned by what he observed as ‘risks’ in our workplace, could not get over the way workers appeared to underestimate the hazards they were dealing with day to day! Yes, dealing with hazards every day, complacency and underestimation can creep in!

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Authorised Visitors - Service Providers

The Zero Tolerance Committee are looking closely at the ‘overlapping duties’ that exist between the Forest Manager, the Contractor and Authorised Visitors and Service Providers (AVSP).

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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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