Forestry workplace culture and technology brings results

A major event on forest safety practices is set to showcase how forestry leaders have brought about practical benefits to logging and forestry workplaces through changes in culture and technology.

“The forest industry has developed major new safety improvements in both workplace culture and technologies to reduce harm on the forest floor,” says Forest Industry Engineering Association event manager, Gordon Thomson. “We’ve got lots of practical leaders to talk about real case studies for this year’s conference series.”

Registrations are now open for the August 2018 series running in Rotorua and Melbourne. Thanks to great support from industry, led by principal event partners McFall Fuel and VicForests, a special on-line early-bird delegate registration offer is now available for a limited time. To take advantage of this offer go to the event website, Forest Safety

“Our Safety & Technology conference coming this August has a great line up of inspiring and practical speakers. Many of them have already delivered safety outcomes for their teams and clients. The practical information they will bring includes some notable results with industry leading contractors,” adds Thomson.

“FIEA has once again teamed up with the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) to organise workshops in addition to our one-day conferences,” says Thomson. “Here in New Zealand we have worked with Fiona Ewing of FISC. So FISC will host a workshop for people to interact – from the forest floor to the CEOs.”

In Australia there is a pan-industry workshop on the afternoon before the FIEA conference – from 1 to 5pm on 14th August also at the Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne. FIEA has worked with Diana Lloyd of Forestworks in Australia as well as Stacey Gardiner from Australian Forest Contractors Association.

Some of the ‘must-see’ keynote speakers are:

- Hillary Bennett, practical thought leader and champion of safety culture change with many forestry crews in both New Zealand and Australia;
- Dale Ewers, industry innovator and director of both Moutere Logging and international forest automation equipment manufacturer, DC Equipment.

The conference lineups of local speakers are all practical industry leaders and safety champions. They’ve come forward to support the 4th FIEA Forest Safety & Technology Conference. This conference series sold out in 2017 and is running again in August 2018 in Rotorua and Melbourne.

The summit is on 8th August in Rotorua at the Distinction Hotel. The following week, 15th March, it runs at the Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne. For full conference details see:

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