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AFCA workshop for log haulage code

The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) will hold a workshop to discuss the draft Log Haulage Code (LHC) and identify key areas for discussion to inform the contents of the code. A representative from Sparke Helmore Lawyers will make a presentation at the workshop outlining the relationship between the HVNL, codes, best practice and the presumption of ‘so far as reasonably practicable’. Source: Timberbiz

AFCA expects technical writers, project working groups, project managers and representatives from the NHVR will attend but all those with an interest in log haulage should attend the workshop which will be on 1 February 2019.

A venue has not been confirmed but the workshop should be from 10.30am to 3.00pm but this is also to be confirmed. Hence attendees are to contact AFCA to make their interest known – [email protected]

A summary of the workshop and outcomes will be published and available to industry following its delivery.

A draft of the Forestry Log Haulage Registered Code of Practice (Log Haulage Code, Dec 18) was made available in mid-December. To view the draft or read about its release visit the Log Haulage Code webpage on the AFCA website

As a result of targeted feedback, there are five key areas which have been identified that require further consideration and direction from industry. These key areas need to be considered with respect to what should industry ‘best practice’ look like and what can industry achieve with consideration of ‘as low as reasonably practicable’:

  1. Use and implementation of blocking systems
  2. Limitations of manual tensioners
  3. Crowning requirements for load restraint needs
  4. Quantity of lashings required
  5. Current requirement for 0.35 SRT for vehicle stability.

Those who are unable to attend the workshop can submit feedback directly to AFCA before the end of February 2019. A form is available on the AFCA website for feedback. It is important when submitting feedback that you identify a key contact but individuals will not be identified in publicised feedback, only the area from industry where the feedback has been received (ie forest manager, forestry contractor – harvest etc.)