Research is showing that building a positive safety culture has great safety benefits for everyone involved in the forestry sector. The New Zealand forestry industry has been labelled our deadliest sector. In 2013 one in every five workplace fatalities happened in forestry. Common injuries include lacerations and puncture wounds, fractures and dislocations, and soft tissue injuries such as sprains.

A question that is often asked is why there are still so many injuries in the forestry sector when there is a good understanding of the hazards and workers are trained for the tasks they do? Research is now revealing just how much the culture in an organisation can affect safety behaviours, and momentum is building to change to a safety culture in forestry as way to stop more workplace deaths and injuries.

Sometimes, the way things have always been done in an organisation can actually hamper injury prevention efforts. Changing that behaviour or culture can be challenging and requires support and guidance. Good health and safety training can improve unhelpful aspects of organisational culture and keep your teams safer and injury-free.

A good example of a safety culture is an organisation whose CEO has a strong commitment to workplace safety which is passed through the whole organisation in a structured way. The company will have a strong focus on encouraging workers to take ownership and have the confidence to be proactive in dealing with hazards and keeping themselves and others safe.

WorksafeReps is a team of highly qualified health and safety training specialists who have been delivering health and safety training courses for 13 years. Take a look at our upcoming health and safety courses in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch and other regions in New Zealand.