Safety high priority at Pan Pac Forest Products

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Safety high priority at Pan Pac Forest Products

Pan Pac Forest Products managing director Doug Ducker has been on the timber processing workface for more than 40 years and one thing he has always been conscious of is the key workplace ingredient of safety.

He was busy with meetings and management agendas this week but happily agreed to make time for a catch-up on the subject.

“There is always time to talk about the importance of safety,” he said.

He has seen the continual evolution of both the processing side of the industry through the decades and the consequent directional changes and strategies for safety.

Ducker has a simple but sincere philosophy on the issue.

“It is a matter of ensuring all are on board with the safety message.

“When people come to work they have to switch on the safety head — think safety first.”

While there had been some changes to the way that message was delivered, and accordingly adopted, it came down to what he said were the absolute core principles.

“To ensure people stay safe — the assessment of risks and the elimination of risk — those core principals remain.”

There are around 400 permanent staff based at the Whirinaki site as well as about 450 contracted to Pan Pac to assist in forestry, harvesting and transport.

So it is absolutely essential to keep the safety factor well up on the overall scale of the business.

As well as a continuing series of safety meetings and forums, involving all sectors of the business, there are five staff charged solely with carrying out full safety processes.

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