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Clever solutions for steep slope logging

Bright ideas for safely logging forests from steep slopes while going easy on the environment are emerging from the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Sources: Stuff NZ, The Marlborough Express Two entries in the 2015 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards are focused on harvest
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Framing the Design & Construction

The Frame 2014 conference attracted a record 400 attendees, the largest increase came from the building design and construction sector. This successful outcome has led to the Frame 2015 event theme of ‘Building with engineered wood construction systems’, primarily for designers and bu
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Another anti-logging protester arrested in Nannup

A third anti-logging protester has been arrested in a Western Australian forest in less than a month. Logging preparations in part of Helms Forest near Nannup in the South West were stopped when Claire Anderson, 23, sat on a treetop platform that was tied to machinery. Source: ABC New
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Tree and machine huggers stop work

Police have issued nine move-on notices to protesters at the Helms Forest near Nannup after 10 environmental activists climbed on machinery meant for clearing a road into the forest. Source: News.com.au One protester chained himself to a bulldozer, putting an end to the start of work.
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WorkCover celebrates Xmas safely

As businesses and workers come to the end of the working year, WorkCover NSW has issued a reminder that safety at end of year celebrations is everyone’s responsibility. Source: Timberbiz Acting Director, Operations, WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division, Tony Williams said hea
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Teamwork expert signed up for safety conference

Forestry teamwork expert Steven Falk from British Columbia, Canada has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the forest safety conference series run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). Source: Timberbiz The conference runs at Rotorua’s Distinction Hotel on 3-4 Mar
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NZ to export wood without methyl bromide

After a successful trial last summer, a program aimed at reducing the use of methyl bromide has been opened up to exporters. Source: Radio New Zealand Methyl bromide is an ozone depleting gas used to fumigate logs and other timber products and is the main treatment for exports to Aust
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Inquest into Murupara forestry worker’s death

The death of a Murupara forestry worker has been described by the Rotorua coroner as the “most unfortunate and tragic accident” at an inquest held in Rotorua into the death of 63-year-old father of four David Charles Beamsley. Source: New Zealand Herald Mr Beamsley, who wa
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New restrictions for treated timber

New restrictions on the use of copper chrome arsenate (CCA) for treating timber came into place from 1 July 2012. Source: Timberbiz
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WorkCover to target safety in wood component manufacturing industry

WorkCover NSW has announced a new project to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses and improve injury management in the wood component manufacturing industry after it was identified among the State’s highest risk industries. The Wooden Structural Component Manufacturing Project is
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