08:45 am, Monday 20 September, 2010
A new set of safety resources for the forestry industry has been launched by NSW Finance Minister Michael Daley and Primary Industries Minister Steve Whan.
WorkCover figures reveal that the New South Wales forestry sector have recorded 396 injuries in the last two years, costing it more than $4 million.
According to Mr Daley, WorkCover NSW and Forests NSW had made a concerted effort to develop effective approaches to workplace safety and health in the forestry industry.
“In response to the issues raised by industry, both agencies have developed a practical resource to help resolve key safety issues and more closely meet the needs of forestry operators,” Mr Daley said.
“The new Forest Industry Safety Tool is a comprehensive publication designed to assist forest operators develop stronger safety management systems and help them comply with relevant workplace safety obligations and reduce the risk of injuries.
“The tool is the final phase in a targeted advisory campaign and establishes minimum standards of work health and safety and includes a range of templates and checklists to assist forestry operators implement a systematic approach to safety and injury management.”
According to Mr Whan, stakeholders in this high-risk industry can benefit from the safety tool.
“This resource will help deliver positive long term outcomes in reducing injuries across this sector while building industry capability to manage workplace safety risks,” Mr Whan said.
The new safety resource will include site safety plans, as well as harvesting and haulage plans. It will also provide templates for workplace consultation, safety induction, an incident investigation policy and skills and competency policy.
For more information, please visit
www.workcover.nsw.gov.au or call 13 10 50.
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