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Contractor Safety

Our objective is to get everyone home safely without incident, preventing accidents and avoiding potentially harmful near misses.
All forestry operations should be seen as potentially hazardous and dangerous. With this in mind, standards have been developed to ensure contractors, their employees and any other people visiting operational sites, are:

  •  working to a safe standard
  • mindful of the obligations under law to which they have to subscribe, and
  • following common sense (hopefully!).

During the 1980’s the mayor of New York City decided to make New York the safest city in the world. In order to do this, he adopted a zero tolerance approach to anyone breaking the law. If you were caught littering you were taken to task, just as you were if you were an armed robber committing a robbery. He maintained that if you got the small things right, the big things would follow. His brief to the law enforcement agencies was not to ignore or let the smallest transgression go unchallenged.
Very soon, people realised that in order to live and prosper in a safe society, they had to respect the law and the regulations within the city they lived. It was not long before you could walk the streets and frequent Central Park without fear.
Our approach to safety in our operations is also one of zero tolerance. It is important to work with our contractors in order to achieve 100% compliance and encourage active contribution to building a set of standards to which we can all abide and work by.
We have set a goal to achieve a minimum of 95% compliance across the board. In order to do this, we audit our contractors on a monthly basis and do not ignore the small items, but treat all the standards as equally important. Each standard has been developed with a specific purpose in mind, to make the operation and the work place safer.
A wise man once told me, an auditor is never liked! However we are all responsible to monitor and audit our contractors, without bias or recourse. It is therefore vitally important to ensure when we audit, we all interpret our standards the same and that we (contractors and those engaging contractors) understand the reasoning behind the standard. If we achieve this, we become respected and are acknowledged that we take the safety and wellbeing of our people extremely seriously. I would dare to say, we might even become liked!
We have a fair yet practical set of standards, which are always being looked at to improve and simplify.

  •  Get the small things right first.
  •  Start at the gate and ensure we have our signs up and visible to all who pass or want to enter.
  •  Keep people safe around forestry operations by having the 4 elements required (see picture below), so  people are informed before entering what could be a potentially fatal visit to a forestry operation.