Health and Safety
These guidelines have been prepared with Forest Grower's Levy funding and are available here >>
- Safetree™ is your one-stop resource to find the safety information you need to do your jobs safely and without injury.
- Safetree™ provides resources to you at all levels of the industry to remind you how to do your jobs safely.
- Safetree™ targets information at forest owners and managers, contractors, foremen, head breaker outs, breaker outs, tree fallers, hauler and machine operators, and silviculture workers.
Health and Safety at Work Act
MANAGING A SAFE AND HEALTHY SMALL FOREST HARVEST
These guidelines provide owners of small forests with practical advice on managing a harvest safely and healthily.
WorkSafe New Zealand has a forestry safety assessment programme called Safer Forest Harvesting.
A Different Kettle of Fish: Small and medium scale forests
This report discusses the specific issues faced in small-scale forestry and the differences between harvesting woodlots and farm forests, and large, industrial forests.
A principal's guide to contracting to meet the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
This guide sets out a broad process for building health and safety into contract management, which can then
be adapted to specific contractual situations or industries.
Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)
Safety and Health in Forest Operations: Roles and Responsibilities of Principals and Contractors
November 2014 (pdf). Note: This ACOP is to be fully revised during 2015
Infozone: Business Essentials explains the basics of employment relations and health & safety requirements
for running a business. It provides templates, examples and links to practical tools and more detailed information.
1. ACC Forest Safety Guidance leaflets
Leaflet 1: Strains and sprains on skid sites
Leaflet 2: Health and well-being
Leaflet 3: Avoiding injuries when pruning and thinning -to-waste
Leaflet 4: Avoiding injuries when planting and releasing
Leaflet 5: Avoiding felling injuries
Leaflet 6: Safer machine operating
Leaflet 9: Felling and breaking out skills quiz
Leaflet 10: Quiz answers
Leaflet 11: Avoiding injuries on the skidsite
Leaflet 12: Forest machinery maintenance
2. ACC forestry safety
On the ACC forestry page:
The following small business resources provide tips and information specific to safety in the forestry industry:
- ACC1305 How to manage hazards: for forestry (PDF 617K)
- ACC1306 Emergencies and incident investigation: for forestry (PDF 611K)
- ACC1307 Training and supervision: for forestry (PDF 669K)
- ACC1308 Improving workplace health and safety: for forestry (PDF 576K)
Use ACC’s key work safety programmes to establish health and safety systems and help keep your business injury-free. For further information see:
- Back to basics - thinning techniques
Harriet Palmer, November 2008
The latest Wellington branch field day – Thinning: back to basics – was organised and hosted by Dave Gratton at his Upper Hutt property. As ever when Dave is our…
- Obey the safety rules
Dave Gratton, August 2007
Personal protective equipment (PPE) or, in the kiwi terminology, safety gear. Whatever you call it, PPE is designed for only one purpose, and that is to protect you from harm.…
- New best practice health and safety guidelines
Dave Gratton, August 2006
The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 promotes the management of health and safety issues in industry. The Act requires principals and self employed people who control places of…
- How safe are you?
Dave Gratton, February 2006
If you did not carry out maintenance on your car you would not pass the WOF required to enable you to legally drive on the road. But when we look…
- Farmsafe training
Dave Gratton, May 2005
OSH and ACC statistics tell us that farming, forestry, fishing and construction are the major industries with the highest death and injury statistics in New Zealand. Agriculture statistics show that…
- The Forest Industry Safety Council What is it up to? June 2016
On March 16 at the Forestwood conference in Auckland, on behalf of NZFFA, I signed the charter for the Forest Industry Safety Council. This was signed on behalf of the…
- Forestry deaths should strengthen industry’s resolve to work harder on safety March 2016
The deaths of four workers in the past three months is a sad reminder that the forestry industry still has much work to do to improve its safety performance, the…
- Small scale forestry safety guidelines January 2016
The NZ Farm Forestry Association, with support from the Forest Growers Commodity Levy, has just produced guidelines to help growers comply with current health and safety legislation as it applies to…
- Forest safety council underway February 2015
The forest industry has established a safety council to make forests safer places to work. This was a key recommendation of the Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel that reviewed forest…
- Independent Forestry Safety Review Final Report available October 2014
Since 2008, 32 lives have been lost on the forest block. The forestry industry is the most dangerous industry in which to work in New Zealand. The injury rate is…
- Media release: Forest owners want people to speak up June 2014
The sponsors of the Independent Forestry Safety Review welcome the public consultation document issued by the review panel on Friday. ”It poses a series of questions which will provide a…
- Major forest industry safety review launched January 2014
An independent panel is to conduct a major review into the high number of serious and fatal injuries in the forest industry. The panel members are business leader George Adams,…
- FOREST OWNERS SUPPORT OFFICIAL SCRUTINY December 2013
Recent assessments of forest workplaces by MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) and ACC have the full backing of the Forest Owners Association. “Regulation is not the only way…
- Forest owners ask critics to help November 2013
Forest owners are asking politicians, unionists and commentators to help them solve the industry's safety crisis and to stop making political capital out of tragedy. “We are all agreed –…