Josh Cummins, FCNSW, and Angela Pappin, Hyne Timber…
a conversation with forest transport industry.

SOFTWOOD forest growers in southern NSW and northeast Victoria have joined forces with one of their major customers Hyne Timber to host a driver safety day and start a conversation with the forestry transport industry.

All truck drivers leaving the Hyne Timber Tumbarumba mill during the day pulled in for a conversation on driver wellbeing and fatigue, chain of responsibility and load construction.

“Around 45 drivers talked to forestry industry representatives on what they need to be safer on the road,” HVP Plantations northern customer and haulage manager Steve Blake said.

Forest owners and managers representing around 95% of the local industry worked together to plan the event, including HVP Plantations, Forestry Corporation of NSW, Hyne Timber, PF Olsen, Southern Cross and Hume Forests.

“This is one of the ways we are engaging the forestry transport industry on safety and our focus is on a two-way conversation so we can target future actions,” Mr Blake said.

Forestry Corporation haulage and sales manager Linda Cotterill added: “Hearing drivers’ stories of working in the forest industry really bought home what a big part of our community it is and how much people care about it.”

Special guest Alan Pincott from Australian Trucking Safety Services and Solutions was also on hand to talk to drivers about their needs and concerns

“It was great to see a holistic and unified approach and have the chance to meet drivers who know their stuff – the forest industry is ahead of others in this space,” he said.

Hyne Timber’s green mill manager Angela Pappin was also very pleased with the day and conversations flowing from it.

“It was a great joint effort, collaboration and opportunity to listen to drivers,” she said.

The next event is already in motion, planned for the Visy Pulp and Paper mill in early 2023, where organisers expect to engage even more of the industry, hear their feedback, and continue to collaborate and progress safety focus and support in the forestry transport sector.

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