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HPV Chairman’s Safety Award to Mountain Logging

Adrian Kloeden HVP Plantations Chairman with Andrew Mahnken of Mountain Logging.

Gippsland Plantation Harvesting company Mountain Logging has won the 2019 HVP Plantations Chairman’s Safety Award. Mountain Logging provides harvest services in the Gippsland Region, and received the honour in recognition of its outstanding contributions to safety management on steep plantation sites. Source: Timberbiz

Mountain Logging’s four crews harvest more than 300,000 tonnes of plantation wood each year across Gippsland.

In presenting the award, HVP Plantations recognised the valuable safety work Mountain Logging has done through the introduction of a winch-assist harvesting system on steep slopes; a grapple camera system to provide operators with full visibility and improved accuracy, and a six-wheel-drive super forwarder to move logs to safer loading sites.

As well as operational improvements, Mountain Logging introduced new technology for its staff including apps that provide remote access to all documentation, monitor employees working alone and monitor equipment start-up, inspections and maintenance.

HVP Plantations has a safety commitment of zero harm and requires its partners and contractors to demonstrate the same commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety performance.

The award was presented by HVP Plantations chairman Adrian Kloeden.

“The award is driven by peer nominations and recognises individuals, groups and contractors for their outstanding contributions to workplace safety,” Mr Kloeden said.

“Mountain Logging should feel very proud of the work it has done, from introducing new technology for remote document access to its new winch-assist harvesting system, which has resulted in the company being recognised with this award.”

HVP Plantations Chief Executive Officer Stephen Ryan said to receive a nomination for the Chairman’s Safety Award is an outstanding achievement in itself.

“Mountain Logging can be extremely proud to take home the award this year,” Mr Ryan said. “The company has gone above and beyond for its staff by using really new and exciting technology that is helping ensure everyone can come to work and return home safely.”

HVP Plantations is a privately-owned plantation forestry company, managing more than 240,000 hectares across Victoria. HVP supplies logs for sawn timber, paper manufacturing, treated panel board and other timber uses to domestic and export customers.