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HSE to host forestry safety awareness day

12th February 2014 | Warning Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is taking steps to reduce the dangers of forestry work. As part of this, it has made plans to host a 'Safety and Health Awareness Day' in the Midlands to raise awareness of safety issues in the industry.

The Forestry Commission’s Learning and Development team will be joining the HSE in providing this service to the forestry industry. The event will be held at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, on March 18th.

HSE inspector Iain Sutherland said: "On the day, the focus will be on the higher risk activities that are responsible for the majority of serious injuries that people suffer in the forests, injuries that just keep happening time and time again only to different people in different locations."

Topics that are set to be covered include the use of hydraulic wedges and bottle jacks, hand-arm and whole body vibration, and public access issues. Workers will be trained to spot the warning signs of an accident, and deal with the situation accordingly.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801692644-ADNFCR


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