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Safety conference highlights culture and technology changes

A major national conference series on forest safety practices is set to showcase how forestry leaders have brought about practical benefits to logging and forestry workplaces through changes in culture and technology. Source: Timberbiz Registrations are now open for the 4th FIEA Fores
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Robots

The use of robots or autonomous machines will definitely pay a big role in forest operations in the future, driven by the need for safety and higher productivity, according to a New Zealand researcher. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz Professor Rien Visser, from the School of Fore
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More research into forest fires needed

The Institute of Foresters of Australia is calling on the Federal and State Governments to fund further scientific research into the important and complex role that fire plays in the evolution and maintenance of Australian ecosystems. Source: Timberbiz The Climate Council reports that
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Predict forestry climate change at the click of a mouse

Forest managers will be able to gauge the likely effect of climate change on growing conditions in their specific areas with a new interactive online tool developed by the CSIRO with funding from Forest & Wood Products Australia. Source: Timberbiz The free Forest Climate Risk Tool
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Free heavy vehicle safety workshops for national forestry

The Australian Forestry Contractors Association (AFCA) will host its next round of free safety workshops for forestry workers in regional NSW, Victoria and South Australia. Sourc: Timberbiz The NHVR has joined forces with AFCA, providing funding for the Forestry Logistics Safety Progr
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Socio-economic impacts of the forest industry report

Forest and Wood Products Australia has invested in research to produce up-to-date information on the socio-economic impacts of the forest industry in Queensland. Source: Timberbiz The forest industry in Australia contributes to jobs and economic activity in many communities. During th
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NZ timber companies say still no solution to fumigation issues

Log and timber exporters could be able to over-ride a deadline for stricter controls around the use of the highly toxic fumigant, methyl bromide in New Zealand. Source: Radio New Zealand The Environmental Protection Authority ruled in 2010 that users would need to have new technology
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Planned burns in Tasmania on Sunday

A number of planned fires will be undertaken by Sustainable Timber Tasmania on Sunday. Source: The Advocate A Sustainable Timber Tasmania spokesperson said statewide burns would improve the safety of the community production forests and other identified high priority areas. The spokes
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First aid for mental health

As part of its ongoing commitment to safety, OneFortyOne (ONO) and its contractor partners in the OneSafeGroup are continuing their work improving safety across the region’s forestry industry, expanding their focus into mental health and wellbeing.  Source: Timberbiz OneFortyOne’s Emm
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Study finds 36% of forestry workers at risk of hearing loss

About 15% of noise-exposed workers in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (AFFH) sector experience hearing loss, according to a new NIOSH hearing loss study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Source: Insurance Journal While the 15% figure is below tha
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