Safe Start 2017

After introductions by Chas Hutton, NZFM General Manager, and a brief presentation by Roger Merriman from Work Safe NZ, this years key note speaker Sir Gordon Tietjens, began.

Sir Gordon is the former Rugby Sevens All Blacks coach who was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in May 2012.  He has coached 44 players who have followed on to become All Blacks.  Sir Gordon used many experiences with his players (including Eric Rush and Jonah Lomu) as examples of a good team member and the ones he prefers to stay clear of.  He looks for players who play from courage, hold to what works, have fun, have clarity of their role and the game plan.  Opposite to these characteristics are players who cut corners, are not ready i.e. turn up late to practises, do not do their job, are complacent, change what works and are too serious.

This can be related to forestry workers in terms of knowing their job and maintaining their attention, sticking to what works and not cutting corners.  Basically, what the individual does, affects the team.

Sir Gordon Tietjens is currently the coach of the Samoan Rugby Sevens team.

Following the speakers, National Certificates were presented by Russel Riley, Competenz Account Manager. Again Marshalls Logging Ltd were the crew of the year and were presented with their certificates.

The STIHL Keep It Safe overall winners for 2016 were then presented with their awards. The winner in each category received a STIHL chainsaw.  The winners were:

Skidwork – Alby Wheatley and Ronald Clark

Logmaking – Jeremy Dunster

Machine Operation on the Landing – Darren Blackburn

Manual Tree Falling – Tuha Albert

Mechanised Tree Felling  – Shane Marshall

Log Extraction – Tuma Harris