Sensible solutions making forest safety smart

A major conference series on forest safety practices is set to showcase how our forestry leaders have delivered both safety and productivity benefits for people across a range of workplaces. “Some of our most inspiring forestry leaders have developed safety improvements in both crew culture and harvesting technologies,” says Forest Industry Engineering Association spokesman, Gordon Thomson.

“We’re delighted to have skilled industry leaders outlining their teams’ experiences – especially people who know that safety and productivity can be improved simultaneously. It’s an intriguing line up of case studies for this year’s conference series,” he added.

“Many of our speakers have delivered real tangible safety results both in forestry and in similar industries. They will impart some really practical information. Many of them have been working with industry for a long time and know how to apply their solutions with forestry people and cultures,” adds Thomson.

Registrations are now open for the August 2018 conference series running in Rotorua and Melbourne. Thanks to great industry support, 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. Early-bird discount rates are available through to 30 June. For registrations and further details check out the event website;

Some of the ‘must-see’ keynote speakers include;

- Jono Brent, CEO, Connetics. A practical leader of electrical contractors he has developed a very applicable model that “does safety differently”. Jono’s teamwork and systems employed have been proven after being put in place in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes.

- Wiremu Edmonds, Safety Coach, Tuakiri Ltd. Wiremu is a passionate industry consultant with thousands of hours of practical solutions. He has honed safety culture solutions with many forestry companies and teams in both New Zealand and abroad. He has harnessed the energy of his audiences and extended his depth of experience and practical solutions for both men and women in forestry crews.

- Lance Burdett, Founder, Warn International. Lance focuses on people-centred outcomes. He demonstrates how three key areas; communications, safety, and resiliency shape our every-day work.

Our industry-leading speakers are all practical industry leaders and safety champions. They have 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 event runs on 8 August in Rotorua at the Distinction Hotel. The following week on 15th March, it runs at the Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne.

“We’ve teamed up with the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) to organise a workshop in addition to our one-day conference,” says Thomson. “Our conference delegates in New Zealand will get the opportunity to be part of a workshop led by Fiona Ewing of FISC. Fiona’s team are hosting a workshop after the conference so people can talk as well as listen to gain new information.”

In Australia there is a pan-industry workshop on the afternoon before the FIEA conference, from 1.00 to 5pm on 14th August also at the Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne. FIEA has worked with Stacey Gardiner from Australian Forest Contractors Association and Diana Lloyd of Forestworks in Australia to organise this programme.

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