INDUSTRY UPDATES


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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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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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 while operating near yarder working ropes with a yarder using a grapple.

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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 health and safety breaches after a worker’s hand was dragged into a machine while he was pouring recycled plastic into it on 6 April 2016.

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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 owners and government. The standards reflect international good practice.

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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 office location in due course.

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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 come to light in the investigations. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims.

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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 Essential Skills in Demand List.

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Asparagus boss fined for employment failures

A labour hire company working on asparagus farms in the Waikato must pay $58,818.02 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 Zeal...

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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 Page.  

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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 tot...

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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 now...

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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 relea...

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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 your...

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