Health & Safety Responsibilities and Forestry

The law requires that, during the planning and carrying out of forestry operations, a number of safety and health duties must be fulfilled, including:

• Preparing written risk assessments
• Setting out safe working procedures
• Ensuring operators are competent.
• Selecting suitable equipment for the job
• Supervising and monitoring the work
• Protecting public safety & health

All parties involved have responsibility for Health & Safety including
the Forest owner, the sawmill, the forest works manager and the
harvesting contractor. Forest owners should be aware of their duties
in this regard and where their responsibilities lie. Generally it is
advisable to have a written agreement as to who takes on the role of
‘Forestry Works Manager’ and who is responsible for supervision of the
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