AFCA running contractor safety workshops

Safety workshops for forestry contractors will take place across Queensland, Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia in coming months as part of a campaign hosted by the Australian Forestry Contractors Association (AFCA).

AFCA general manager Stacey Gardiner tells ATN that the three-hour workshops, which have already been held in sites in Western Australia and Queensland, provide training on truck rollover, load restraint risks and Chain of Responsibility.

The training modules, developed in consultation with engineering firm Engistics, are expected to be rolled out to more than 300 operators and loaders across the forestry supply chain.

Ms Gardiner said the workshops held so far, in the WA towns of Albany and Bridgetown and Queensland centres of Caloundra and Gympie, had been very well attended. "Industry participants have commented that this has allowed them to improve their understanding of Chain of Responsibility laws and hear about recent research and findings regarding key risks specific to industry, especially relating to load restraint," she said.

The programs have been funded in part through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program.

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