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NZ Nelson Pine fined $50,000

A logging factory in Nelson has been fined over $NZ50,000 after one of its workers was injured while trying to clear a log jam on a conveyor belt by hand. Source: The New Zealand Herald Nelson Pine Industries Limited was sentenced at the Nelson District Court for failing to take all p
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NZ safety council chair announced

A safety council has been set up to help make forests safer workplaces. Source: Radio New Zealand The council – formed earlier this year and launched at Parliament has been set up in response to a recommendation from a panel that reviewed forestry safety last year. Dame Alison P
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Lumber Liquidators in class action

  A Michigan couple is among the plaintiffs in a federal class-action filed against Lumber Liquidators over free home tests the company has provided to customers to see if their wood flooring has high levels of formaldehyde. Source: Detroit Free Press The suit, filed in the US Di
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Health benefits of wood

Exposure to wood products and interiors has measurable health benefits, similar those created by spending time in nature, a new report commissioned by Planet Ark has found. Source: Timberbiz There are significant health, well being and environmental benefits to incorporating wood and
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Logging engineer a new Fellow

  Logging truck engineer, Lincoln Taylor was awarded a Fellowship of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ for his leadership in and major contribution to making New Zealand logging trucks and trailers stronger and safer. Sources: Voxy NZ, Australian Transport News (ATN) H
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Fine drops for NZ forestry death

A forestry foreman fined over the death of a worker has had his penalty slashed by NZ$20,000. Source: Radio New Zealand Robert Ruri-Epapara died after being hit by a tree felled in a forest near Rotorua in March 2013. Major Nelson, who felled the tree, previously pleaded guilty to fai
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Safetree NZ initiative

The forest industry has launched another initiative in its efforts to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in New Zealand’s forests. Source: Radio New Zealand The Safetree project, unveiled at the forestry safety summit in Rotorua this week, includes a new website. Project m
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Safety priority in forest & wood products

  Safety in the Victorian forest and wood products industry is of paramount importance and the focus of the Forest Industry Safety Summit 2015, which was held Tuesday and Wednesday in Melbourne. Source: Timberbiz Tim Johnston, CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries
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Marcia couldn’t blow this wooden house down

An award-winning temporary house for disaster victims, designed by three Innovative Central Queensland University students, has withstood Tropical Cyclone Marcia. Sources: The Mornington Bulletin, Infolink Taking home the top prize at the 2014 The Big Idea competition, Angus Hughes, J
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WA Greens – ban logging during fire bans

The WA Greens have called for a rethink on logging in forests during fire bans, after the State Government revealed chainsaws and heavy machinery are used despite Department of Fire and Emergency Service (DFES) warnings. Source: ABC News The Government has confirmed contractors for th
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