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Lyttelton Port Company Fined

The importance of systematic maintenance and proper fault management of machinery in workplaces has been highlighted today at the sentencing of the Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure its employees’ safety. WorkSafe’s Chief Inspector Keith Stewart said after the sentencing that companies using any machinery in their work must ensure the machinery is maintained according to manufacturers’ instructions and must have an effective system in place to identify faults. “If faults are found, they must be documented, the machine taken out of service for assessment and workers advised of the faults and whether or not the machinery can be used,” he said. His comments follow an investigation and prosecution of LPC after the Rail and Maritime Union raised concerns with the company, and later WorkSafe, about the use of a cherry picker (a mobile elevated work platform) at the port.  Issues about the use of the cherry picker were raised with the company the day after a fatality occurred on a scissor lift (another form of mobile elevated work platform) at the port. Two weeks later, a mechanical fault with the cherry picker was discovered and it was not removed from service. “WorkSafe investigated the complaint and found that while there had been no injury to workers, there were multiple failings in the company’s management of the cherry picker that could easily have led to a worker being injured,” Mr Stewart said. LPC was fined $75,000 at the Christchurch District Court on Friday 5 August. More on this story


Employee fault no effect on employer liability

The requirement on the employer to take all practicable steps to ensure workplace health and safety is not diluted if the injury occurred through employee stupidity. The test is whether the risk was reasonably foreseeable. This was highlighted in a recent decision where both the District and High Court found that, although the worker in question freely accepted that he was responsible for the incident, the employer was liable. The context: The worker – Mr Rolfe – was employed as a technical supervisor by Waimea Sawmillers Ltd (Waimea) and was a member of the site Health and Safety Committee. He sustained serious injuries to his hand when lubricating a vertical chain and sprocket system while the machine was running. He accepted in evidence that he was the author of his own misfortune and that he had breached the company’s safety rules. However had a safety guard been in place (which has since been installed for a relatively modest cost), the accident would have been avoided. Similarly, Rolfe might have been less inclined to bypass the safety procedures had there not been a gap in the high mesh fence around the machinery and a low chain to step over. These factors weighed with Judge Morris in the Nelson District Court, persuading her that the risk could have been reasonably foreseen and easily mitigated. Waimea was found guilty and fined $40,000. The appeal: Waimea appealed to the High Court, arguing that Judge Morris’ decision did not reflect the distinct, deliberate and serious nature of Rolfe’s actions and that Waimea could not be liable because it complied with the maintenance provisions in the relevant regulations. The High Court had “considerable sympathy for Waimea’s predicament”, acknowledging that it was clearly a conscientious employer that had put in place a series of work safety rules which, if complied with, would have prevented the injury. However, in assessing the risk of harm posed by the machinery, “Waimea needed to be mindful of the fact that even trusted and experienced employees, such as Mr Rolfe, could foreseeably take shortcuts and behave contrary to common sense”. Further, there was “no doubt placing a guard over the vertical chain and sprocket was an easily achievable and cost-effective method of reducing the hazard”. The appeal was dismissed. (Source: Scoop News)


HAZARD ALERT: Tethered felling machine rollover

Background: A felling machine was travelling back up the same path he came down on, towards the tehtering machine, bunching trees as he went. At the time of the incident he was parked on, or near, a rocky outcrop and was moving wind thrown trees out of the way. As he slewed the felling head around the left side track lost traction, which caused the right track to lift off the ground. This in turn caused the felling machine to start tipping over. The operator hit the control to get the tethering machine to increase the tethering rope tension, which momentarily held the felling machine but because it was at such a high angle it continued to tip, then rolled onto its roof, where it cam to a stop. The operator exited the machine, uninjured, through the main door. For the full hazard alert, and learnings from this incident, click here


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 now, and is also attached to this post.
Click the link below for the full IFSR Final Report.
IFSR Final Report


There is also a 5-minute video explaining what is in the report.
Please click the following link to be taken to the video.
IFSR Report Video Summary


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 release, please go to http://www.ruraltv.co.nz from 11am on Friday 31 October.  The release will take approximately 1.5 hours with speakers from the Forest Owners Association, Forest Industry Contractors Association, Farm Forestry Association, Wiremu Edmonds (worker representative) and Worksafe along with George Adams, Chair of the Review Panel.


Media Release Storms Hit Forest Workforce

23rd July 2014

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West Coast Salvage - Politicians Miss the Point

27th June 2014

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Time for Silent Majority to be Heard

9th June 2014

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Forest Contractors Welcome Expert Review Team

29th January 2014

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INDUSTRY NEWS

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 the event webpage for registration details Accommodation: FICA has block booked some accommodation at the Copthorne, but it is limited, so make sure you get yours booked in now! Call 0800 65 23 45 or email copthorne.lakefront@millenniumhotels.com and say that you are with the FICA Conference to book your room.


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 Zealand is the leading source of information on employment in New Zealand, and the key channel for distributing information to help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities. The aim of the new website is to positively influence the relationships between employers and employees, and to promote safe, fair and harmonious workplaces. The website provides practical and operational information on the 14 pieces of legislation that relate to employment, including the Employment Relations Act 2000. This information will help employers and employees know what they can do and how they should do it. Beyond providing a ‘plain English’ version of the legislation, the website includes information on best employment practice as well. The number of pages has gone down from 1,300 to 300 with an emphasis on easy to understand, non-repetitive content that clearly lays out the rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees. Along with the refreshed content, employers and employees will have more tools and resources available to them, as well as enhanced search functions. Here are some sections of the website to start exploring: Starting employment Hours and wages Leave and holidays Workplace policies Resolving problems Ending employment


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 register for the conference online, and when it asks for your Discount Code, simply enter: xFICA16 For more info, and to register, visit the event website: www.woodflow.events


What's On?

The 2016 Calendar of FICA Events has been released! Click the image below, or visit the Events Page. 2016 Event Dates JPG  


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 to register for FREE training, visit: https://hsr-training.safetynaction.co.nz SNA_HSR Poster_Forestry JPG


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 elected to the new role of Vice-President of FICA.  Another board member, Kevin Ihaka of FPS Forestry in Whangarei, is currently serving as FICA’s sole representative on the establishment board of Forest Industry Safety Council.  Once the new safety council is up and running, FICA’s two representatives will be Kevin and Paul. Ross takes over as President from Jacob Kajavala who served in the role for FICA for 12 years since our inception.  Jacob, of Kajavala Forestry in Kawerau, stepped down to focus his energy on local Bay of Plenty business issues through Industry Symbiosis Kawerau and the wider economic development agency, Bay of Connections. Jacob will continue to serve as a FICA board member until the next election.


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 total of twelve athletes from the same number of nations took part in the World Championship in front of more than 3,500 spectators at the sell-out Innsbruck Olympiahalle. A final cut with the 80hp racing chain saw, the wooden disc falls down – and the new world champion is crowned: Jason Wynyard from New Zealand is the best competitive lumberjack of the world. Technically exact, vigorous and fast at the same time, thus the 1.95 meter giant made his way through the three and half hours of the competition consisting of six disciplines with the axe and the saw. He took the lead of the 12-strong team of athletes in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship 2014 in Innsbruck, Austria, at an early stage. In total, it was for the sixth time that the New Zealander won the desired trophy and regained the title of a world champion that he had lost to the Australian Brad DeLosa at the World Championship of the previous year in Germany. Only the third place was left for DeLosa in Innsbruck after having fluffed in the last discipline Hot Saw racing chain saw. Thus, roles reversed: Whereas Australia was still out in front in the Team World Championship the day before, New Zealand dominated on the second day of the competition. Czech Martin Komárek was awarded second place. World Champion Jason Wynyard was delighted by his victory: “That is really a satisfying day for me compared to the day yesterday which was a very hard one. I dedicate my victory to my team! Together with my team, I will regain the team title next year.” Brad DeLosa, however, was dissatisfied with his performance: “Of course, I am disappointed. At the Hot Saw, my saw failed at the third cut as my approach was too aggressive. But I do congratulate Jason to his victory.” Komárek, placed second, rejoiced:“I am very proud of my seventh World Championship medal! The competition was very tough, my competitors becoming stronger and stronger. I did not dare to dream of it , but i it is real: I am Vice World Champion. All in all, the 12-strong field from Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand put up a fierce struggle for the podium places. New Zealander Wynyard powered ahead right from the start to lead the field. He continued to gradually build that lead with strong performances with the axe and saw winning in three out of six disciplines with best times. It was only in the Stock Saw chain saw discipline, that he ended up in the midrange. The competition was more turbulent for Australian DeLosa: Up to the finals, he was close on the heels of his hardest competitor, but lost the decisive scores by way of disqualification at the Hot Saw racing chain saw. German Dirk Braun suffered a similar fate: three successful disciplines brought him on course for a medal. But he lost the necessary scores by way of disqualification and bad performance in two other disciplines. Finally, he saved the fourth place due to a record time at the Hot Saw. “The disqualification at the Stock Saw was anything else but fine, especially, as I use to be one of the best in this discipline. Much more would have been achievable today, if that had worked. Anyhow, I am very pleased, not least because of the fact that I now do hold all German records.” In total, thirteen national records were beaten by the athletes from the USA, Canada, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Australia and the Czech Republic. The individual competition follows a round system: The best performance in all six disciplines counts. One poor round means that the respective athlete is out, with no chance to make up for it with strong performances in other disciplines. In Innsbruck, in the first round the twelve individual athletes competed in the disciplines of Underhand Chop (axe), Stock Saw (chain saw) and Standing Block Chop (axe) to qualify for round 2, There, the eight best performers had to prove themselves in Single Buck (cross-cut saw) and Springboard (axe). The top six then went head to head in the final, on the Hot Saw racing chain saw. World Champion Jason Wynyard secured the title with 76 points after three rounds. The second and third placed contenders scored 58 and 56 points, respectively. More than 3,500 spectators packed the sell-out Innsbruck Olympiahalle on day two of the competition to share the excitement with the athletes. This was the tenth STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship, held in the Tyrol for the second time, after 2010 in St. Johann. Previous venues for the elite division of lumberjack sports include the USA, Norway, the Netherlands, Ireland and Switzerland. Spectacular disciplines thrill spectators The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series is a competition series in lumberjack sports, a contest with a long tradition. The history of the earliest competitions dates back to 1870. The first Woodchopping World Championships took place in Tasmania in 1891. Four of the six disciplines were already included in the competitions back in those days. From there, timber sports took off around the world. Even today, nearly all the disciplines – three with the axe and three with the saw – go back to traditional forestry activities. All the disciplines revolve around the athlete and his handling of the sports equipment and the wood. In the individual World Championship competition in Innsbruck and also in the 15 national championships that take place worldwide between May and October, the athletes have to tackle six disciplines – Springboard, Stock Saw, Standing Block Chop, Single Buck, Underhand Chop and Hot Saw – one after the other. In contrast, the relay competition for the World Championship does not include Springboard or Hot Saw. The elite division of lumberjack sports has a live audience of up to 10,000 people, with millions of enthusiasts regularly following the competitions on Eurosport and other television channels around the world.   View the article   STC_AT_NEWZ_SM_1001 Stihl Timbersports World Championship 2014 STC_AT_WYNY_AW_0007 STC_AT_WYNY_JM_1060


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 now, and is also attached to this post.
Click the link below for the full IFSR Final Report.
IFSR Final Report


There is also a 5-minute video explaining what is in the report.
Please click the following link to be taken to the video.
IFSR Report Video Summary


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 release, please go to http://www.ruraltv.co.nz from 11am on Friday 31 October.  The release will take approximately 1.5 hours with speakers from the Forest Owners Association, Forest Industry Contractors Association, Farm Forestry Association, Wiremu Edmonds (worker representative) and Worksafe along with George Adams, Chair of the Review Panel.


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REPORTS

Thanks to our Health & Safety/Risk Management Workshop Presenters!

Thanks very much to you, our members, who attended this most successful series of FICA workshops ever!  We were pleased to see the response to our practical speakers and the questions and discussions that happened at each event. We would like to thank all of our FICA sponsors for their continued support that allowed us to offer this workshop series FREE to you our members! In particular we would like to thank GARTH BEKER from BFA in Taupo, as he originally came up with the idea that we should be delivering practical and useful information on how to manage risks better in your forestry contracting business.  THANKS GARTH! We are also grateful for the great legal and practical knowledge from Chris Baldock, Lauren Castle and Aaron Lloyd of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.  They all responded positively to my constant badgering for “more case studies, more case studies!” We are also grateful for Martin Wouters of Manage Company and his practical ACC levy tips.  His incredible and in depth knowledge of your rights and ACC’s obligations can make for some great ways to save money.  Martin is an excellent advocate for the “little guys” like many of our members are.  Remember his comments about payment plans – WHICH ONE should you on? (Hint: 5 months – no interest … you know!)  Make that call today! Finally a couple of links to valuable health & safety documents if you missed them before: MERW Health and Safety Toolkit IOD Good Governance Guide


FFR Presentation - Please Give Your Input

FFR are holding a meeting on Wednesday 26 November 2014, discussing future opportunities for the industry and priorities for future research.   Please find below the presentation by John Stulen on FICA's behalf for this meeting. If you have any queries, additions or changes, please call John on 07 921 1382.   FICA Forest Floor Views Title copy


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 now, and is also attached to this post.
Click the link below for the full IFSR Final Report.
IFSR Final Report


There is also a 5-minute video explaining what is in the report.
Please click the following link to be taken to the video.
IFSR Report Video Summary


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 release, please go to http://www.ruraltv.co.nz from 11am on Friday 31 October.  The release will take approximately 1.5 hours with speakers from the Forest Owners Association, Forest Industry Contractors Association, Farm Forestry Association, Wiremu Edmonds (worker representative) and Worksafe along with George Adams, Chair of the Review Panel.


Discussion Document - Can New Zealand Learn From BC's Forest Safety Model?

10th October 2014

John Stulen, secretary of FICA, has recently returned from a trip to British Columbia.  He has brought back some interesting information on their Safety Model.

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