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October 8, 2012

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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. €

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