Welcome to 2013!

22 January 2013
NZFM welcomed the new year with the 2013 Safe Start breakfast

Safe Start 2013 kicked off the year for the staff, contractors and employees of NZFM.

The Safe Start 2013 breakfast was once again held at the Tongariro Charter Club with the majority of the NZFM workforce attending.

After introductions by Chas Hutton, NZFM General Manager, and a brief presentation by Keith Bardwell from ACC, the key note speaker Eric Rush took the floor and gave an entertaining and rousing presentation on the importance of team work and repect. One important point that Eric touched on was that when you are being asked to improve your health and safety practices or given suggestions on how to work better, the people asking you to do this - health and safety reps/crew bosses/NZFM - are only doing so to make sure that everyone goes home safely to their families at the end of each day. This is what its all about and although it may seem boring or that the rules are over the top sometimes, having effective health and safety practices in place will make the forests a safer workplace for everyone.

Following the speakers, the STIHL Keep It Safe overall winners for 2012 were presented with their awards. The winner in each category received a STIHL chainsaw. STIHL has been a supporter of the Keep It Safe Programme for the last two years and their sponsorship has enabled some great prizes to be awarded to the quarterly winners as well as the overall winners at the end of each year. The sponsorship of STIHL of the Keep It Safe programme is gratefully acknowledged.

The winners in each category for STIHL Keep It Safe 2012 were:

Manual Tree Falling - Jason Heke

Logmaking - Pauline Church

Machine Operation on the Landing - Ivan Turdeich

Mechanised Tree Felling and Delimbing - Oscar Wilson

Log Extraction - John Dempsey

Skidwork - Damian Rihari

Congratulations and well done to the 2012 category winners and to those who took away prizes throughout the year.