Why ForestSafe was an easy choice for Andrew Luff of Waitaki Logging Ltd
As The owner of Waitaki Logging Ltd, I found it an easy choice when progressing from forestry worker to harvest manager and then to a contractor on which Health & Safety system I would be using.
As a worker exposed to the ForestSafe system and its user-friendly approach, I discovered that a Health & Safety system like this was an invaluable tool. Being able to search for answers on the safe, practical way things should be done in the forestry industry rather than navigating a maze of pages and graphs, which you could easily get lost in and confused by, was a game changer.
Progressing to a harvest manager, at a time when the electronic system became available, it was a simple step for the contractors doing the harvesting to move from paper to electronic. I found this system very streamlined as a manager for many reasons, one of which was the request for documentation. Near misses and incidents could be sent through immediately, follow-ups at safety meetings came through on time, and no more chasing pieces of paper or waiting on things to be scanned and emailed.
In 2018, when deciding to go it alone as a woodlot contractor, it was a very simple choice to go down the ForestSafe path again. This time, choosing the paper form for the main reason that it's very user-friendly in our environment as a small crew, and any one of us can use it. From toolbox meetings, risk assessments, safety meetings, hazard identification, incident reporting, near misses, and everything in between, old or young, experienced or green, anyone on our crew could use it.
We have also found the aftersales help from Jackie second-to-none, always willing to help and quick to reply to any questions. So much so, in fact, that I have recommended this system to another contractor who has found the same and a contract faller who has recently made the big step to go into business himself. So, if you're in the market for a Health & Safety system that works, look no further than the team at ForestSafe.