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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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Forest safety paradigm shift from international experts

 After a horror year of workplace fatalities in 2013, New Zealand’s forest industry performed superbly in 2014, both in terms of safety and wood production. Source: Scoop NZ, Timberbiz The credit for the dramatic turnaround in safety performance has to go to the people on the forest f
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Safety council for NZ forest workers

The New Zealand forest industry has established a safety council to make forests safer places to work. This was a key recommendation of the Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel that reviewed forest workplace safety in 2014.  Source: Timberbiz The Forest Industry Safety Council wil
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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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