Behavioural safety key to forestry industry accord
Driving behavioural change in attitudes towards health and safety is a key ambition of a new agreement between organisations in the forestry industry.
The Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA) was launched last month at an event attended by more than 80 people. The agreement follows a safety summit last year, at which the HSE called on stakeholders to work together to reduce the number of serious and fatal incidents in the forestry industry.
Under the agreement, eight areas have been identified as elements to concentrate on to improve the safety of individuals and the industry as a whole. Immediate focus will be placed on chainsaw refresher training, communications and reporting, and statistical trends.
FISA chair Steve Lavery wants every part of the sector to support the Accord’s overarching objectives of reducing accidents and injury. He said: “Contractors, particularly those workers who operate outside a cab or on the open hill, are the most at risk and should be the focus of attention. Our sector’s performance is three times worse than the construction industry and we must improve.”
One of the first businesses to sign the Accord is UPM Tilhill, whose head of safety, Chris Pike, said: “We are delighted to be one of the first companies to sign the Accord and demonstrate our commitment to health and safety.
“Even though our systems and processes are already rigorous, we are continually striving to improve our health and safety. Examples include our ‘Insist On Safety’ cultural-change programme across the business, which continues to reinforce the importance of health and safety in the workplace to our staff and contractors."
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