Tree work e-bulletin - Issue 3, October 2012
Engaging Arboricultural Contractors Safety and Health Awareness Day (SHAD)
The next in this series of free SHADs aimed at clients who employ arboricultural contractors, is being held on Tuesday 20 November 2012 at The Kent Event Centre. Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF
To book a place or obtain further information please email [email protected]
The Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA)
The FISA was successfully launched at APF 2012 on Thursday 13 September. At the launch three speakers (Steve Lavery (Chair), Professor Dick Taylor (HSE Board member) and Donald McLean (Chair Forestry Contractors Association) introduced the Accord, described the health and safety challenges facing the industry, welcomed the safety Accord as a positive step forward and invited the industry to show leadership to improve the industry's health and safety performance.
Signatories to the Accord:
- Believe that all fatalities and injuries are preventable
- Support development of a new safety culture where the health, safety and the welfare of all working in the forest Industry is a fundamental priority.
- Believe that through strong and committed leadership we can work collaboratively to significantly improve the health and safety performance of our industry.
Accord members are committed to achieving this through:
- The creation of a dedicated Safety Group to provide the necessary strategic direction and impetus to raise health, safety and welfare standards throughout the industry;
- Providing clear and proactive leadership to change attitude and behaviour at every level in the industry;
- Involving everybody working in the industry to ensure individual and collective responsibility for health and safety and avoid unacceptable risks and challenge unsafe practice;
- Developing a mechanism for the Industry to share safety statistics, data and information;
- Maintaining and improving through training the competency of those working in the industry at every level;
- Recognising that improvements in the industry's health and safety performance requires sustained commitment, action, being equitable and fair to all those involved.
Improvements should start now.
More than 25 organisations have signed the Accord to date, including organisations throughout the timber supply chain. Accord members have established a safety group, which has set up working groups looking at industry guidance, sharing intelligence, behavioural change, chainsaw refresher training, timber haulage, working safety with electricity and manager/supervisor competence for health and safety.
Making health and safety simpler and clearer for small business
Health and safety management should be a straightforward part of managing your business as a whole.
The Health and Safety Toolbox: How to control risks at work, has just gone live on HSE's website and is available free of charge. It involves practical steps that protect people from harm and at the same time protect the future success of your business.
Fee for Intervention
The HSE cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), started on 1 October 2012.
FFI recovers costs from those who break health and safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends helping to put matters right such as, investigating and taking enforcement action.
Law-abiding businesses will be free from costs and will not pay a fee.
New guidance has been published on HSE's website setting out how the scheme will work in practice. Developed in consultation with representatives from industry, it explains how FFI works and includes examples illustrating how it would be applied.
- A Lincolnshire landscape gardener has been fined after being spotted carrying out unsafe tree work. He and an employee were using a chainsaw to fell a tree, despite not being qualified to do so and neither was wearing protective clothing such as protective trousers and boots
- The owner of a Hampshire arboriculture business has been prosecuted for safety failings after a trainee tree surgeon severed his thumb on a log splitter
- The owner of racing stables in North Yorkshire was prosecuted after a yard worker fell more than three metres through a skylight in a stable block. The worker at Thorndale Farm near Richmond, was asked to cut down some overhanging trees above an ageing stable block, even though he had not been trained in either the use of a chainsaw or in how to work safely at height
- A countryside management firm was fined £15,0000 over the death of a father-of-four in Barrow-in-Furness, who was struck by a piece of metal that flew off a strimmer at high speed.
- A Worksop man was crushed to death when a tractor overturned and landed on him during a tree felling operation. The worker was standing by the tractor, which was being used to control the direction of the falling tree as it was being felled. However, the tree fell in an unexpected direction and overturned the tractor, crushing him