New farm forestry safety courses

Gratton, Dave
May 2007
New Zealand Tree Grower;May2007, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p37
The article offers information on Farmsafe's one-day farm forestry courses and a coroners report on a 2004 forest fatality near Wellington, New Zealand. An offshoot of the 2006 Farmsafe Awareness and Plans courses, the free courses will provide New Zealand farm foresters basic health and safety training to create a safer workplace and will entitle attendees to a discount on their accident insurance scheme premiums. Skill-based follow-up courses will also be conducted. The death in 2004 of a skid worker because of a reversing loader serves a lesson for machine operators and workers on small skid sites to follow the best practices. Considering the best possible response or course of action can help minimize the risk of workplace injury or death, the author says.


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