Pilot to increase woodlot owner’s awareness

11 January 2020

WorkSafe New Zealand is working with industry to ensure woodlot owners are aware of their obligation to notify them when undertaking felling or logging operations on their properties. Sadly, the reality is that too many people are being killed or seriously hurt harvesting forests.

The pilot focuses on small operators who are likely to have woodlots on their farm properties and will be launched in the Wairarapa region over the Christmas period. Many farms have small stands of planted trees (woodlots) that were planted 25 to 40 years ago as part of diversification. For many, it’s now time to harvest these trees.

WorkSafe New Zealand knows some work is not being notified and by law when it must be. They want to make sure everyone is clear about their responsibilities and support a ‘level playing field’ for those that are notifying already.

For more information on woodlot felling check out their website.

Source: WorkSafe New Zealand