Trackplot, member of FISA, can help improve safety for those working in the forestry industry
The forestry industry is one of the most dangerous sectors in which to work in the UK. In the five years up to March 2012, there was an average of 10.4 fatalities per 100,000 workers. This is more than three times the fatality rate for the construction industry. Trackplot can help to minimise this risk.
Indeed, FISA have just produced a new FISA Information Leaflet on Lone Working, April 2015 as a measure to help drive down the number of lone worker accidents across the industry. The leaflet outlines how to assess the hazards and risk of your lone workers, how to identify safe working and management procedures and how to plan robust responses to an emergency.
We view strategic partnerships with leading authoritative bodies as a valuable way to reach out to employers and workers to raise awareness of the risks of working alone. Our membership of FISA is key to achieving this, to improve working conditions and safety across the forestry sector.
Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision. Examples of lone workers in the forestry industry are:
- harvester or forwarder driver at the start or end of a site
- machine operators working on different parts of site
- chainsaw operators working on site but out of risk zone of others
- timber purchaser visiting a sale
- drivers (timber haulier/delivery) visiting remote locations
- a person working alone in a workshop
Working in forestry and tree care, you probably have responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of different workers and specialist contractors, including temporary and seasonal workers, at different times throughout the year. We would be delighted to discuss how to keep your lone workers healthy and safe.
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