FIEA safety conference: Forest floor successes

Wednesday 4 Jul 2018

 
FIEA Forest Safety & Technology Conference filled with forest floor success stories - A national forest safety conference in August will bring the latest practical solutions to the table for all contractors and forest managers to hear about and learn from. Following the challenges that this industry faced in 2013, it has responded with passion and commitment to new ways to embed safety culture into everyone’s mindset on the job. Also, over the past 5 years mechanical harvesting technologies have come a long way for keeping workers safe in logging, especially on steep slopes.

“Some of our most inspiring forestry safety specialists are those with hands-on experience in both crew culture and harvesting technologies. They have been out there doing it, earning the respect of their peers,” says Forest Industry Engineering Association spokesman, Gordon Thomson.

“For this our 4th National Forest Safety Conference we’ve got a great group of practical speakers. Many of them, like Les Bak and Wiremu Edmonds, have earned respect from men and women on the forest floor. They bring practical experience and a down-to-earth approach. Forestry people value advice from people who have been out there doing safety change with boots, and attitudes, firmly grounded,” adds Thomson.

Registrations are now open for the August 2018 conference series running in Rotorua and Melbourne. Thanks to great support industry, led by principal event partners McFall Fuel and VicForests, a special on-line early-bird delegate registration offer is now available for a limited time. Discounted rates are available for groups of 3 delegates from the same company. See: https://forestsafety.events

Some of our ‘must-see’ speakers include:
  • Implementing Forest Contractor Certification: Chris Lindley of BraveGen and Lee Perry of Gale Contracting Over the past two years quality assurance for maintaining safe practices in forest harvesting and silviculture has been transformed. Chris and Lee will talk about the process of working through the Safetree Contractor Certification process. Lee Perry is an experienced Safetree field auditor and will cover what the field audit process entails;
  • Putting Safety II into Practice: Les Bak, Nelson Forests – Les will discuss how to apply these concepts practically in the workplace to achieve learnings and reduce human factors that can result in human error. His presentation will also provide clear thinking around the difference between human error and human factors. Les will also share how culture is critical to Safety II thinking and the role of leaders to build this strong base for human factor understanding;
  • Taking a Leadership Role in Safety Technology: Dale Ewers, Moutere Logging & DC Equipment – Dale will bring his latest vision plus an update on the last 5 years, opening people’s minds to the possibilities and the goal for 2025, “Logging from afar!” It is closer than you think!

In New Zealand we are working with Fiona Ewing from Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) to organise a workshops in addition to our one-day conferences. In Australia there is a pan-industry workshop on the afternoon before the FIEA conference – from 1 to 5pm on 14th August also at the Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne. FIEA has worked with Stacey Gardiner from AFCA and Diana Lloyd of Forestworks.

Our speakers are all practical industry leaders and safety champions. They have come forward to support the 4th FIEA Forest Safety & Technology Conference. The series sold out in 2017 and is running again in August 2018 in Rotorua and Melbourne.

The summit is on 8th August in Rotorua at the Distinction Hotel. The following week, on 15th August, it runs at the Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne. For full conference details see: www.forestsafety.events.




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