There are a number of mental health risk factors associated with forestry. Forestry workers often work in isolation and can now be under significant financial pressure particularly during Covid. Forestry can in some cases involve long hours and even significant effects from the weather.
Mental health can often be a hidden problem, FISA have issued bulletins and articles to raise awareness of this growing issue in the industry (and all rural industries), and since then, one thing has become evident; health and wellbeing should not be ignored – by any of us. Mental health support has never been so important, and this week (18 – 24 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week, with a Worldwide focus on mental health.
We've put together some helpful contacts covering the different regions, all will speak to you in confidence and help you to get the right help.
FISA Safety Bulletin - updated May 2020
FISA's Plant & Equipment Working Group has issued an update to this Chain shot Bulletin with a cone zone image added.
Chain shot is the high velocity separation and ejection of a piece or pieces of cutting chain from the end of a broken chain in mechanised timber harvesting. Chain shot exposes both machine operators and bystanders to a risk of serious injury or death. Chain shot typically occurs near the drive end of the cutting system but can also come from the bar tip area.
FISA Safety Bulletin
Further to the bulletin issued in Oct 19 - Core guidance and background resources on this topic remain as: http://www.hse.gov.uk/fallsfromvehicles/index.htm and http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg401.pdf
Receivers of timber should ensure their Risk Assessments / work procedures are compliant. Most commonly this will be through the provision of gantries and platforms in timber yards to allow access for safe sweeping off.
The FISA Forest Haulage Working group have been specifically reviewing Work at Height in relation to flat HGV trailers, in particular where drivers have to erect / disassemble bolster pins in the forest.
A video of solutions developed by WG members can be seen at: https://youtu.be/9IoDXItrY8w
All HGV drivers must do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years in order to retain their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
The FISA Forest Haulage Working group has been planning a focused course that will deliver a 7 hour Forest Haulage CPC +F module for drivers. This will include drivers of timber
haulage vehicles, low loaders, materials deliveries and fuel tankers. The FISA working group recommend that Harvesting FWM’s undertake the training to better understand haulage issues and that this is classed as Continual Professional Development (CPD).
For more detail on provisional dates etc please see download.
FISA Safety Bulletin
Help HGV Drivers helps us all during the Covid-19 pandemic
Though some hauliers have been fortunate to have continued operations over the last month supplying the biomass and pallet sector, as the construction trade, builders merchants and the timber trade (and so haulage) comes back on line, we must maintain vigilance in the sector.