In the five years up to March 2012, there was an average of 10.4 fatalities per 100,000 workers. This is more than three times the fatality rate for the construction industry.
Early in 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) called a safety summit, bringing together stakeholders from across the industry.
Everyone involved in forestry must work together in a coordinated and managed way to reduce the number of serious and fatal accidents. Old prejudices need to be parked and common goals agreed as a matter of urgency.
Representatives from many of the leading industry organisations joined together to form a steering group. Together we have developed a Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA) which sets out the commitment that each organisation, and the sector at large, can make to raise the standard of health and safety in their place of work.
Now it’s up to all of us to make this happen. We have already had excellent support from all of the UK’s major processors in the sector who have signed up to the Accord and are giving it their full backing. We want everyone from across the sector – including public and private organisations, charities, contractors and equipment manufacturers – to join us by signing the Accord.
We originally identified eight important areas to work on to improve the safety of individuals and the Industry as a whole. After officially launching the Accord at the APF 2012, our immediate focus was on training, communications, reporting, and statistical trending.
The Accord will be funded by a contribution from all of our members on a proportionate basis related to tonnes or area worked or managed.