Comments sought on Best Practice Guide for cab guarding

Friday 7 Aug 2020

Through the National Institute for Future Forest Industries (NIFPI) and in consultation with forest industry stakeholders across Australia including growers, contractors and equipment manufacturers, The Forest Research Institute at USC are developing an industry best practice guide for cab guarding.

The preparation of this important best practice for forest operations safety and productivity is now at a stage of seeking broad industry feedback through a consultation process. Interested industry stakeholders are encouraged to review the document and attend one of the three virtual industry consultation workshops and provide any feedback by email.

The Document is available for download here.

You can also register to attend one of the three online workshops planned for next week.

Comments and feedback can be sent to mbrown2@usc.edu.auemail.

Scope

These guidelines set out best practice for machine selection, modification, and purchase within Australian forest operations. They aim to provide guidelines for equipment to provide safe and protected working environments for forest equipment operators including roll-overprotective structures, falling object protective structures and operator protective guards in the form of canopies or cabins equipment. It is applicable to equipment operating in Australia forest operations.

The best practice speaks specifically to the installation of the guarding but does not include any specific guidance on maintenance of the equipment or operational practices that should be implemented to minimise the risks the cabin guarding is intended to provide protection from. Equipment owners and managers should refer to their equipment manufacturer recommendation and other relevant company and industry best practice in these cases.

Objective

The objective of these guidelines is to provide the Australian forest management industry with a common industry best practice guideline for cabin protection equipment of mobile forestry equipment based on current national and international standard and best practices to ensure consistency in safety of equipment selection, modification and purchase.

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