10 May 2017

FISA held their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 6 May 2017.  

At the AGM, the HSE reminded the meeting of the challenge ahead, to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries from the timber supply chain.  In his presentation, Iain Sutherland of the HSE referred to the fatal accident of the chainsaw user in January 2017 at Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.  

The new Articles & Rules were adopted with an 83% majority voting in favour of Resolution 1. 

Alastair Sandels FISA Chair, gave a personal view of the challenges faced and recognised the concerns of members. These include improving FISA communications, setting priorities and supporting contractors. 

Gillian Clark, FISA CEO set out FISA’s current priorities, which included:

  • Increasing and more effective communication
  • To roll out of the first batch of updated FISA Safety Guides
  • Review and support of chainsaw working methods
  • Review of training and developing new ways of recognising and recording experience
  • Review and support for development of in-cab technology for hauliers 

Simon Wallis, FISA FWM trainer, described progress made with FWM training, and discussed the pivotal role of the FWM in managing site safety.  The challenge for the industry is to ensure that FWM’s are competent to carry out the role. 

FISA’s priorities will be made available to members to view, together with regular updates on progress on the FISA website from July 2017. The FISA website will also show more clearly who the Working Group and Steering Group members are.