Safety partnership renewed, West Pennant Hills

Pictured is acting general manager of WorkCover NSW's Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy and Forestry Corporation of NSW CEO Nick Roberts.

Pictured is acting general manager of WorkCover NSW's Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy and Forestry Corporation of NSW CEO Nick Roberts.

Workcover NSW and Forestry Corporation of NSW renewed its safety partnership at Forestry Corporation's head office in West Pennant Hills on Friday.

The partnership, which was first signed in 2011, sees WorkCover and Forestry Corporation of NSW develop effective approaches to work health and safety and injury management in this high-risk sector.

Acting general manager of WorkCover NSW's Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy, said the partnership had delivered the Forest Industry Engagement Program to identify hazard identification and general risk management in forest harvesting.

"A range of resources that improve the safety of forestry workers and the community have also been implemented, including the Forest Industry Safety Tool, a comprehensive publication that helps forest operators develop strong safety management systems and comply with workplace safety obligations," Mr Dunphy said.

"WorkCover and Forests NSW have also contributed to the development of a new national package for forestry operations."

WorkCover records show 755 injuries in the NSW forestry industry over the past five years, costing the Workers Compensation Scheme more than $8.369 million.

Common injuries include falls, trips and slips and being hit by moving objects. There has been a 35 per cent reduction in injury claims since the partnership was signed in 2011.

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