After introductions by Chas Hutton, NZFM General Manager, and a brief presentation by Keith Bardwell from Work Safe NZ, the key note speakers Wiremu and Marcella Edmonds took the floor.
NZFM Workforce & Trustees
Wiremu's speech was begun with a photo of himself cutting a tree some 15+ years prior and the audience were asked to identify the safety hazards - no visor, the back cut was too low, the photographers location (i.e. standing in front of the tree) - an ideal method to get the audience listening.
Wiremu and Marcella Edmonds
Wiremu and Marcella revealed that they know what it is like to experience a loved one not coming home as their eldest child was killed in 2013 in a forestry incident. Forestry workers really need to think about their actions and really need to act safely so that their parents, partners, children, siblings and friends still get to see them at the end of each day.
A very moving speech and we wish to thank Wiremu and Marcella for their delivery.
Following the speakers, National Level Certificates were presented.
Wiremu presenting a certificate to a crew member.
The STIHL Keep It Safe overall winners for 2014 were then 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 four 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. STIHL's sponsorship of the Keep It Safe programme is gratefully acknowledged.
The winners in each category for STIHL Keep It Safe 2014 were:
Skidwork - The following all had the same score: Pauline Church (won the chainsaw by random selection) and Kalib Te Ngahue, Kevin McLaughlan, Damian Rihari and Logan Tukerangi who each won a meat pack.
Logmaking - Eddie Callaghan
Machine Operation on the Landing - Corran Shearer
Manual Tree Falling - TuhaAlbert
Mechanised Tree Felling and Delimbing - Kent Simmons
Log Extraction - John Dempsey