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Safety first for forestry team

L to R: Robin Holmes, Barry Budarick, Brian Stewart, Allie Zubizarreta, Graham Holdaway, Stephen Connell, Claire Lillington.

KIPT has implemented a new safety system for its forestry services team. Source: Timberbiz

Long-serving employees Stephen Connell (team manager) and Barry Budarick were joined for the day by the company’s newest employees Brian Stewart and Claire Lillington, at the company’s Kingscote office.

KIPT Director of Operations Graham Holdaway conducted the training with Safety Manager Allie Zubizarreta and consultant Robin Holmes.

“Forestry is an industry with specific safety issues and we are implementing new systems to ensure the safety of our workers and others who may be visiting work sites. It is a good time to do this, as we bring on new employees and plan for an expanded workforce,” Mr Holdaway said.

Part of the new regime includes an emergency contact system for those working in isolation, which monitors the location of employees via satellite and requires them to check in at regular intervals. The system also allows them to summon help if needed.

Forestry contract company PF Olsen also used the KIPT Kingscote office recently for a Zero Harm training day for employees and contractors, raising the awareness of substance abuse and fatigue as factors in workplace safety.