1 Nov 2014

Forestry review will help - Worksafe NZ

12:56 pm on 1 November 2014

The workplace health and safety regulator, Worksafe New Zealand, says changes to how the forestry industry operates will make a difference.

The study has identified the potential to turn forestry waste into biofuels.

Worksafe will now take responsibility for guidance on approved codes of practice for the forestry industry. Photo: PHOTO NZ

Forestry is the country's most dangerous industry - 32 people have been killed on the job since 2008.

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Recommendations made by an independent safety review panel include certifying all contractors, setting up a safety leaders' group and laying down clear rules about how to deal with problems like fatigue.

Worksafe chief executive, Gordon MacDonald, said his agency would be involved in the changes.

"When it comes to things like guidance and approved codes of practice, well, that will fall to us to develop, so we will be doing that. If it requires legislation, that will be a consideration for the Ministry."

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Over 30 people have been killed on the job in the forestry industry since 2008. Photo: PHOTO NZ

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