Snake talk for forest staff

FORESTS NSW North East Region staff will be brought up to date on snake awareness at an all-staff safety day this week.

Forests NSW North East Region manager Craig Busby said there would be few workers more likely to come face to face with a venomous snake than Forests NSW staff.

“It’s an appropriate time for them to brush up on snake recognition and how to treat any bites,” Mr Busby said.

“More than 90 staff will be at the safety day at the Grafton Racecourse this Thursday, December 9.

“We hold two all-staff safety days a year as it is a prime focus of Forests NSW.”

Mr Busby said Forests NSW had introduced a new safety feature this year with the Take Two initiative.

“This involves any staff starting a new task for the day to take two minutes to assess any potential hazards in performing the work.”

“Those two minutes might make the difference between them going home safely at the end of the day or suffering potential long-term injury.

“Another safety issue that has been identified is the number of vehicle accidents that have occurred on gravel roads in state forests.

“There is always the potential for staff or visitors to meet log trucks on forest roads, or simply find road conditions are different from what they expected.

“After a careful review, Forests NSW has imposed a 60 km/h speed limit on all vehicles on gravel roads within state forests unless otherwise signposted.

Forests NSW North East Region covers the native forest operations in state forests from Kempsey north to the Queensland border and west to Tenterfield.

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