Strong support for on-line safety series

Friday 19 Jun 2020

Instead of cancelling or postponing the forest safety event this year originally scheduled to run in New Zealand and Australia in May, the series run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) went virtual. During this week, 12 key speakers from the planned conference presented as part of a shorter interactive webinar series.

The new format was a real winner with hundreds of safety leaders in forest management and wood transport along with their contractors participating. In addition to the original audience planned for New Zealand and Australia, the new format enabled a truly international audience this time to participate.

Many of the key messages from the speakers this week was on the importance of communication and culture in the daily safety tasks that are so critical to success in our workdays. Safety tools, technologies and practices that being employed successfully be leading companies was also a key component of this week’s series. For those who had registered and were involved in the Forest Safety event this week, links to recordings from the series will be sent out shortly.

This latest series, in addition to all of the delegates that signed in, had a massive show of support from forestry companies and technology and equipment providers from across the region. In some pretty unusual circumstances, FIEA would like to acknowledge the massive support we’ve received from the industry to ensure that we were able to make this happen. For next year, the plan at this stage is to integrate a forest safety event into a major wood harvesting and transport series. This time, the expectation is that you’ll be meeting in person rather than signing into a virtual on-line series. Planning is already for either late March or early May 2021. Further details will follow.

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