Forestry plays an essential role in the global economy, providing a massive source of income and employment in virtually any part of the world with significant forestry resources.
Forestry is dangerous, arduous work, currently ranking as one of the world’s most dangerous sectors to work in. Logging is physically demanding work, deals with heavy equipment, and most often takes place in remote outdoor locations far from proper medical aid. The vast majority of fatal and major injuries in forestry stem from the use of heavy equipment, machinery, chainsaws, and the momentum of falling or rolling trees.
With such a high injury and fatality rate, safety has become a major concern within the industry. For companies in logging, timber manufacturing, or pulp and paper, it has become absolutely paramount that they exercise proper due diligence when it comes to all aspects of QHSE and operations management. Compliance and QHSE managers in the forestry & paper manufacturing industries must stay vigilant and strive to make health and safety a top priority. As health and safety regulations become increasingly stringent, it will become more and more difficult for QHSE managers to ensure that their organization complies with its health and safety obligations under the law.
Forest industries worldwide, spurred by the alarmingly high injury and fatality rates, have made large strides in adapting and improving their QHSE processes and technologies, integrating safety into every facet of their operations. Logging is becoming safer now than in the past, thanks to safer equipment, technologies, and more effective health and safety training programs and initiatives. Increasingly, the industry itself is adopting practices that help better regulate health and safety on worksites, with the implementation of initiatives to improve worksite safety, including random drug testing, on-site safety training, and reviews of codes of practice.
Injuries have begun to decline within the forestry sector, and this is partly due to the industry’s increasing reliance on utilizing QHSE technology to support and automate a wide variety of health and safety processes.
Whether your business is logging, timber manufacturing or pulp and paper, ITRAK can enable the automation of a wide variety of QHSE business processes and comes with all the functionality you need to stay compliant.