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Fumigation risk to health

Exposure to a gas being used on an industrial scale at Port of Tauranga doubles the risk of contracting motor neurone disease, new research has found. Source: New Zealand Herald The revelation comes days before a public meeting will air concerns that using the methyl bromide gas to fu
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VicForests fires back at fire management

An opinion piece in The Age (13/11/2017) ‘Mature trees at the root of forest fire management’ re-hashes claims that timber harvesting increases risk during a major bushfire. Source: Timberbiz A study undertaken by the University of Melbourne (Attiwill et al, 2013), in conjunction with
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Pine clearing in Canberra

Almost 14 years on from the worst bushfires in the ACT’s history, pine clearing is under way in an effort to prevent such devastation ever happening again. Source: ABC News The inquiry into the 2003 fires found more should have been done to reduce fuel loads around Canberra, inc
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VicForests donates timber to local community group

VicForests has donated Ash and Acacia timber to the Eildon and District Woodworkers Guild/Alexandra Community Shed to support their local woodcraft activities. Source: Timberbiz The Eildon and District Woodworkers Guild are a community group in Alexandra that are part of the Australia
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Safety Summit program released

Forest Industry Safety Summit 2017 programs for Rotorua and Melbourne have been released. Source: Timberbiz The last Safety Summit, held back in 2015, attracted more than 500 forestry representatives and we are very excited about another strong program for 2017. “The forest indu
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Large fire at NZ Timber Packaging

A large blaze at a timber processing plant in Taupō, New Zealand in the central North Island, has destroyed crucial machinery. Source: Radio NZ Firefighters were called to the plant, owned by New Zealand Timber Packaging, in an industrial area of the suburb of Tauhara, about 8.30pm. F
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Coroner credits Helen Kelly for forestry safety

A coroner has credited the work done by late union boss Helen Kelly as being one of the primary reasons why New Zealand’s forestry sector is now a safer place to work than it was a few years ago. Source: Rotorua Daily Post Rotorua coroner Wallace Bain released his findings into
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Safety standards found lacking after Kidd death

Lesley and Craig Kidd, parents of forestry worker Lincoln Kidd, want health and safety standards improved in the industry to prevent another death. Source: Stuff NZ The mother of a Horowhenua forestry worker crushed to death by a tree say he should have received more workplace trainin
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Positive changes for NZ safety

A wide range of forest safety experts are making positive change in New Zealand’s forestry workplace, using peoples’ minds to bring safety culture change to their work situations and combining that with technology to make their job safer. Sources: Scoop, Timberbiz Workers and safety c
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Interpret safety data with care

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has cautioned against misconstruing data from Safe Work Australia in its recent report ‘Work-related traumatic injury fatalities, Australia 2015’. Source: Timberbiz AFPA Chief Executive Officer Mr Ross Hampton said while the report not
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