Why are we here?
Forestry is a hazardous and high risk industry, particularly during harvesting.
Our research shows that the fatality rate of workers in forestry jobs was 22 times higher than the New Zealand average between 2009 and 2013. Workers in forestry jobs were also six times more likely to be seriously harmed, when compared with the average serious harm rates of all workers in 2011 and 2012.
WorkSafe New Zealand continues to work with the sector to reduce the unacceptable levels of serious harm and fatalities in this sector. Our Safer Forest Harvesting programme is addressing the toll by visiting worksites and where needed taking firm enforcement action, providing clear guidance and information, and working with the sector in collaboration.