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Siviculture Contractor Issues

A meeting is being held in Auckland today (Friday, 23 February) to discuss the issues facing Silviculture contractors. Attendees include government bodies, union representative, work safe, forest owners and silviculture contractors. The

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Forestry/Electricity Industry Coordination Meeting

Transpower, owner and operator of New Zealand’s high voltage transmission network in association with the Forestry Industry Safety Council and WorkSafe is hosting a Forestry and Electricity Industry Coordination Meeting on Friday 9 March 2018 in

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Playing down workplace incidents doesn’t pay

WorkSafe is warning businesses not to play down notifiable events in their workplaces. Trade Depot Ltd appeared in Auckland District Court in December following an incident where more than 200kg of plasterboard fell on a worker in Takanini.

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FICA appoints new CEO Prue Younger

Press Statement – Joint FICA & Eastland Wood Council We would like to announce that Prue Younger has accepted the position as Chief Executive for FICA. Prue will commence this role on April 1, 2018 in a part time capacity for the next 12

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Minimum wage rises by 75c on 1 April 2018

The minimum wage is going up from .75 to .50 per hour. Here’s what you’ll need to know for your business. When: 1 April 2018 What: The new minimum wage rates are: Adult — .50 an hour Starting-out — .20 an hour (up from

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Kimberly Contractors on what health and safety means to them in forestry

WorkSafe talked to Kimberly Contractors, who are a log harvesting company and FICA members in the Gisborne region, about what worker engagement means to them and treating workers like whānau. KEY TAKE OUTS FROM KIMBERLEY CONTRACTORS “We

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Machines a matter of life and death

There are no second chances with heavy machinery says WorkSafe after the sentencing of Easton Agriculture Limited today in Palmerston North District Court. The sentencing follows the death of a worker in August 2016 after he became trapped in

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Forestry safety fears feed skill shortage

One of New Zealand's biggest industries is facing a boom, but skilled workers are thin on the ground. Forestry experts in Marlborough say the industry has been branded with an undeserved reputation for poor safety practices; putting potential

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7 Tips For Working In Hot Weather

It’s hot! In weather like this we need to watch out for heat stress. It can affect people’s concentration, and lead to mistakes and accidents. Below are 7 tips from Safetree for managers and workers on how to beat the heat at work. Its worth

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Dr Tom: Health and safety are inextricably linked

Forestry workers are 15 times more likely to be harmed at work than the average worker - but from what? When I was 18 years old I joined the New Zealand Forest Service. Bright-eyed and bushy tailed I was sent into the bush to plant, prune and

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Government outlines 13m first step of youth jobs machine but 'work for the dole' is out

NZ Herald reports the Government has announced the first tranche of its plan to get youth into jobs with a 13 million fund aimed at 2000 young people in the regions – but NZ First MP Shane Jones' talk of work for the dole has been kicked into

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Government announces major changes to 90-day trial periods

Newshub reports the Government will limit 90-day trial periods to businesses with fewer than 20 employees. The trials will be scrapped for all larger businesses. 90-day trials were introduced by the National Government for small businesses in

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Government short on land for 1 billion trees promise

Newshub reports the Government is scrambling to find enough land to meet its target of reaching 1 billion trees in 10 years. The Labour/New Zealand First coalition committed to the target, which would require a doubling of the 50 million

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Expressions of interest/ Tender - Whangapoura Forest, Whitianga

Expressions of interest/ Tender are being sought for Whangapoura Forest, Whitianga. Ernslaw One has been harvesting in Whangapoua Forest on the Coromandel Peninsula for the last 25 years. The Forest is in one continuous block located on the doorstep

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Man fired for failing to wear steel capped boots wins 9.6k for unfair dismissal

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) found Wallboard and Insulation Supplies NZ (WIS) unjustifiably dismissed Lefiu Matthew Naoupu, known as Matty. The authority ordered the company to pay Naoupu 9.6k in compensation, plus three months'

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Jim Anderton’s legacy contribution to forest industry

The Forest Owners Association is paying tribute to Jim Anderton for his contribution to the forest industry. President Peter Clark says Jim Anderton had a keen eye for the significance of forestry in the New Zealand economy and appreciated

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Safetree Contractor certification

Safetree Contractor Certification provides forestry with an industry standardised assessment of a contractor’s suitability to work. This scheme was designed for forestry, by forestry. Sign up to become certified To start the certification process,

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Keep fatigue out of the workplace

Worksafe is reminding everyone to keep fatigue out of the workplace. It’s a shock to the system going back to work after the holidays, particularly after a couple of weeks off over Christmas. It’s a good time to remember to look after yourself and

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Farewell message from John Stulen & the Innovatek team

Thanks – we achieved a lot together! Today marks the end of a dedicated partnership of over 15 years. That’s how long we’ve been serving you as FICA members. From Tuesday morning your calls and emails go to Kim & Sarah at FICA’s temporary

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Follow Through on Your Safety Obligations

WorkSafe is reminding construction firms and their contractors to follow through on their safety obligations. The message follows the sentencing of Ebert Construction Limited on Friday in the Manukau District Court after a workplace incident that

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Companies must learn from their mistakes

WorkSafe says businesses must learn from their health and safety mistakes and ensure changes are effective and address the risks in the workplace. The warning comes after The Tasman Tanning Company was sentenced today in the Wanganui District

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Proposed Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment

From 5 December 2017 to 29 January 2018 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on proposed changes to the Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment (formerly Vehicles, Machinery and Tyres) and related documents.

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Laws that changed in 2017

From contractors’ tax to Easter trading, hazardous substances to ACC levy changes and more, it’s been a big year for business-related law changes. Here’s a summary — check it out to make sure you are across any new rules that apply to you.

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k fine for Near Miss by contractor

WorkSafe says a near miss incident involving earth movers and electrical wires is a reminder to businesses to confirm that lines are not electrically live before beginning work, and to never make the assumption that they are not live.

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WorkSafe accepts Enforceable Undertaking from Directionz Limited

On 12 May 2016 a worker employed by Directionz Limited was working on a bridge where he was cutting bolts off the posts from below the bridge using a portable angle grinder. When cutting the fourth bolt off the post, the 1mm fibre cut-off blade

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FICA to start industry-government action group on Silviculture

November was a busy month for FICA as we brought together silviculture contractors and forest management staff to discuss problems facing the industry and how we might begin solving them. The 3-hour forum resolved to make a formal approach to the

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IRIS Quarterly Report

The Incident Recording Incident System (IRIS) Quarterly Report for the period April to June 2017 has been released.

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Correct equipment should be available and used

WorkSafe says that industries need to be supplying their workers with the correct equipment to do the job safely. The message comes after Broadspectrum (New Zealand) Limited was sentenced recently in the Christchurch District Court.

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WorkSafe accepts Enforceable Undertaking from Metropolitan Waste

WorkSafe has accepted an Enforceable Undertaking from Metropolitan Waste (Waikato) Limited, following the injury of a worker using a tin can baler in April 2016.

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Manage Company’s ACC Training

Manage Company is proud to present their first webinar ACC Training Programme - designed specifically for you. Check out the details here.

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Vector Comes On-Board as an Accredited Living Wage Employer

Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand welcomes the first ever corporate business as an accredited Living Wage Employer. Read more here.

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n3 Christmas Deals

It's that time of year and n3 wants you to get in the festive spirit! n3 Employee Benefits brings you 4 weeks of deals.

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Attn: Silviculture Contractors

REMINDER: Silviculture meeting tomorrow afternoon at 1pm in Rotorua. Also, last week was the inaugural celebration of “Living Wage Week in New Zealand.

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WorkSafe Accepts Enforceable Undertaking from Zespri

WorkSafe New Zealand has accepted an Enforceable Undertaking from Zespri International Limited, following a fatal quad bike incident on a Tauranga orchard in May 2016.

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The Safety Chain Meeting

Forestry is a challenging environment and we are all aware of the risks associated on the job. FISC, in partnership with the Eastland Wood Council, invite you to join them at a half day seminar.

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FISC Regional Workshops

Fiona Ewing, National Safety Director, FISC will be hosting workshops for contractors and forest owner / managers to present information on Contractor Certification, other FISC initiatives and recent incidents.

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SafePlus

SafePlus is a new, voluntary, health and safety performance improvement toolkit for businesses. It defines what good health and safety looks like, above minimum legal compliance. SafePlus is a performance improvement initiative that is not a

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Tigercat RemoteLog Telematics

Get the data that matters with Tigercat RemoteLog, the telematics system from Tigercat.

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New actions to increase Hawke’s Bay primary sector workforce

New opportunities aimed at improving access to employment in the primary sector will be considered for incorporation into Matariki, Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has

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Safetree Contractor Certification

Please see the attached letter encouraging you to support Safetree Contractor Certification which will go live this week. Approved auditors and the 186 contractors that have expressed an interest will be sent log-ins for the new system and all

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Manage Company: ACC are reviewing the 78540 and 78550 levy codes

ACC are currently reviewing the 78540 and 78550 levy codes which cover administration and management respectively. If you have an "admin" company then please read.

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NZ’s employment law landscape set to change with new government announced

After the announcement that the new government will be a coalition between NZ First, Labour and Greens, New Zealand’s employment law landscape is now set to change and employers need to be ready to adapt.

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Silviculture Industry Meeting - 14 November

This meeting will be going ahead, with over 20 people registered to attend. The meeting agenda has now been released. If you wish to attend, please contact the FICA office to register.

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ACC – How we can help after someone dies from an injury

ACC have recently updated their ACDIS01 information pamphlet on what help ACC is able to provide after someone dies from an injury.

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New Hazardous Substances Regulations - WorkSafe

WorkSafe has sent out a notification to say that most of the requirements under the new Hazardous Substances Regulations will come into force on 1 December 2017.

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Breaking Out BPG

The Treefalling BPG is now available on the Competenz and SafeTree websites. The Breaking out BPG is finished and you can download it here.

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DRAFT – Mobile Plant Near Working Ropes

The purpose of the document is to provide guidance for forestry inspectors when they are considering appropriate action to take when mobile plant is engaged in mechanised tree felling, butting off uprooted trees and bunching trees for extraction

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Safetree Safety Alert – Back/leg injuries to breaker outs

In the last three weeks, there have been a run of serious leg and back injuries to breaker-outs when stems, stumps or ropes have fallen on them. Download the Safetree Safety Alert here.

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NES for Forestry

Thanks to the response from government departments, the industry-initiated ‘National Environmental Standard for Forestry’ has now been completed and will come into effect from May 1, 2018.

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Update on Regulatory Changes Affecting Agrichemical Use

The Government is reviewing a number of rules that control the use of agrichemicals. Many of the training and certification requirements for agrichemical users will changes as a result of these new rules.

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Positive Story: AED at Olsen 80 Ltd

Take a look at this positive story from Olsen 80 - one of our own being a great influence in their community!

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Stump Heights for Tree Felling

Rob Prebble has recently had an enquiry regarding acceptable stump heights for manual and mechanical tree felling. If this affects you, please send feedback to Rob Prebble directly.

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Take immediate action to manage known risks

Businesses must immediately take action to manage their known risks - identifying and listing them is not enough, says WorkSafe New Zealand. This follows the first sentencing under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 of Budget Plastics Ltd for

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Instructions to apply for Contractor Certification

The Safetree Contractor Certification (“certification”) is an assessment of health and safety, employment standards and professionalism. These standards have been developed in partnership with industry contractors, management companies, forest

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Information about forestry fatalities

To help the forestry industry learn and become safer, WorkSafe has agreed to share information about forestry fatalities. Read the factual information available to date about the fatalities in 2017 here.

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Gisborne Regional Meeting

Regional Meeting to discuss the progress of the Safety Council and answer any questions e.g. Individual Certification, Contractor Certification etc.

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FISC Regional Workshops

An opportunity to hear FISC NSD, Fiona Ewing, talk about the work of FISC, including contractor certification. And, for you to provide feedback on current and future work.

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Safety alert - Extractives - Mining and quarry Operations - Working near water is a high-risk activity

In recent years, WorkSafe’s High Hazard Unit has investigated two fatal accidents and a number of serious incidents in which mobile plant has unintentionally entered water.

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FICA Leadership & Management Change

Please note that effective from 31st December, Innovatek Limited will no longer be managing the advocacy and representation activities of Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA). The FICA Board will provide updated contact details for a new

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FICA Industry wide training crew meeting

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a pilot plan for industry training crews alongside several of the major forest management companies.

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Tigercat’s Silver Anniversary

25, a film by Tigercat, is now available to watch and download on Tigercat TV!

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ACC Factsheet: ACC Invoices have changed

Over the last 6 years we have seen a common theme in areas that businesses do not understand well with ACC. So, a few months ago we approached ACC suggesting we create a series of ACC fact-sheets tailored to industry – your industry.

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Competenz: Cable-assist Machine Unit Standards Draft

Competenz have drafted unit standards based on the skills matrix. Please have a look through and feedback any comments to FICA by Thursday 3rd August.

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Learn all about the Return to Work Scheme

We have a 5 part ACC fact-sheet series tailored to your industry and your association. As a valued partner of Manage Company we want to continually enhance our relationship and this is one more way we can do that.

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Safetree Contractor Certification Consultation

The Forest Industry Safety Council has requested that all FICA members, as FISC stakeholders, are invited to support the final consultation of the Safetree Contractor Certification Standards.

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Fiona Ewing Response to Recent Box Cut Feedback

Fiona Ewing has responded to the recent circulation of feedback on box cuts in the draft tree-falling Best Practice Guide.

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FSC & PEFC Audit - Rayonier New Zealand Ltd and Matariki Forests

Have your say: FSC & PEFC Audit of Rayonier New Zealand Ltd and Matariki Forests, those that are located in Northland, Southland, Hawke’s Bay and Bay of Plenty regions.

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Working in the forestry industry without politics

A great atory about our industry, all based around Hickford Logging and their impact on the wider community.

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Toi Ohomai – New intake for Machine Operations Course

Toi Ohomai is starting a new intake on the 24th July for their Forestry Machine Operations course.

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Cable Assisted Harvesting Unit Standards – DRAFT for Comment

Competenz have incorporated all the feedback from recent workshops into a new draft of the Cable-Assisted Harvesting Unit Standards. The draft is open for comment.

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Information about forestry fatalities - Safetree

To help the forestry industry learn and become safer, WorkSafe has agreed to share information about forestry fatalities. WorkSafe’s investigations into the incidents are continuing and they will inform us of any other key issues or trends as they

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Safetree Field Auditor Training Courses

Safetree have scheduled Field Auditor training courses coming up. This course is a pre-requisite for auditors who wish to be accredited to have their field audits accepted into the Contractor Certification scheme.

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NZ Labour Market Dashboard

The New Zealand Labour Market Dashboard displays labour market information from many different sources in one place. The tabs designate different topics that display their contents in interactive charts for easy analysis.

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2017 Essential Skills in Demand List

After being informed that Immigration NZ/MBIE were unwilling to progress a request to have the Forest industry included on the RSE scheme until after the election, at MBIE’s suggestion NZFOA then applied to have “Forestry Worker” put onto the

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Asparagus boss fined for employment failures

A labour hire company working on asparagus farms in the Waikato must pay ,818.02 after being caught twice by the Labour Inspectorate failing to keep employment records.

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FICA Conference - Registrations Open!

The contractors' social event of the year is now open for registrations! This year we are headed back to the beautiful Queenstown, staying at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront Queenstown. We've got a great weekend lined up for you - See

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New Employment NZ Website

The Employment New Zealand website has been redeveloped and is now live. The new website was scheduled to go live at the end of June. However, due to technical issues, a decision was made to delay the launch until last week. Employment New

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FIEA Conference Discounts!

FICA members are offered a discount off the standard registration cost to attend the FIEA Woodflow Optimisation conference. The conference will be held on 14-15 September, at the Distinction Hotel, Rotorua. To make the most of the discount, just

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What's On?

The 2016 Calendar of FICA Events has been released! Click the image below, or visit the Events

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Safety N Action: NZ's official HSR Transition Training Provider

WorkSafe New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have appointed Safety ‘n Action to provide FREE nationwide transition training to eligible Health & Safety Representatives (HSRs). For more information, and

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FICA elects new leadership team

Your FICA board has elected a new President, effective immediately:  Ross Davis, Managing Director of R F Davis Logging from Whangamata.  Ross will be ably assisted by the appointment of Paul Olsen, from Olsen Forest Management in Tokoroa, who was

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STIHL: New Zealander triumphs as world's best competitive lumberjack

Jason Wynyard from New Zealand once again showed his class in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship 2014: Wynyard commandingly won the title with record times with the axe and the saw and emerged decisively ahead of the other competitors. A

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Independent Forestry Safety Review - Final Report

The Final Report from the Independent Forestry Safety Review has just been released. Attached is the Summary of the Report, now available for viewing. Read the IFSR Report Summary The full report is also available to the public as of

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IFSR - Launch of Final Report Live on Rural TV

Due to the extremely high level of interest in the Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel hand over of their Report to the Review Sponsors, the handover and release of the report will be shown live on Rural TV. If you wish to watch the

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WoodWeek Newsletter

Every Wednesday, WoodWeek gets sent out to over 2,500 subscribers, with updates on the latest news and events within the forest industry. Visit the website to see the latest issue, and to subscribe and have the next next issues sent straight to

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