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Safety conference highlights culture and technology changes

Diana Lioyd, ForestWorks General Manager

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 Forest Safety & Technology Conference to be held in August 2018 in Rotorua and Melbourne.

“Some of our leading forest contractors and companies have both developed safety improvements in both culture in the workplace and technologies to reduce harm on the forest floor,” Forest Industry Engineering Association event manager, Gordon Thomson said.

“Our speakers are practical leaders talking about real case studies for this year’s conference.

“Our August conference series has a great line up of inspiring and practical speakers.  Many of them have already delivered safety outcomes for their teams and clients.

“The practical information they bring includes some notable results with industry leading contractors.

FIEA (Forestry Industry Engineering Association) has teamed up again with the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) to organise workshops in addition to the one-day conference.

“Here in New Zealand we have worked with Fiona Ewing of FISC. FISC will host a morning session after the conference so people can interact in a workshop format,” Mr Thomson said.

In Australia, there is a pan-industry workshop on the afternoon before the FIEA conference from 1 to 5pm on 14 August at the Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne.

FIEA has worked together with Diana Lloyd of Forestworks in Australia as well as Stacey Gardiner from Australian Forest Contractors Association.

Some of the keynote speakers are:

  • Jono Brent from Connetics in Christchurch – A practical leader of electrical contractors with a very applicable model explaining how they “do safety differently” so that it works for their practical people working in the field every day with changing conditions, just like those faced by forestry people. Mr Brent’s teamwork results are proven through their results in practice and put in place in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes.
  • Hillary Bennett – A practical thought leader and champion of safety culture change with many forestry crews in both New Zealand and Australia;
  • Dale Ewers, industry innovator and director of both Moutere Logging and international forest automation equipment manufacturer, DC Equipment.

The speakers are all practical industry leaders and safety champions. They have come forward to support the FIEA Forest Safety & Technology Conference.  This conference series sold out in 2017.

Thanks to great support industry, led by principal event partners McFall Fuel and VicForests, a special on-line early-bird delegate registration offer is now available for a limited time. To take advantage of this offer go to

The summit is on 8 August in Rotorua at the Distinction Hotel.  The following week – 15 August – it runs at the Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne.  For full conference details see: