Last week, on 1 and 2 March, Nathan Hight and Mark Kidd, co-founders of pioneering health and safety company Safe365, manned a trade stall at the National Forestry Industry Safety Summit in Rotorua to showcase their product to New Zealand’s forestry industry.
Safe365 is an online health and safety application, designed for implementation across all industries, allowing users to assess the health & safety requirements of their business, identify areas in need of improvement and access coaching, guidance, reports and templates to help improve overall workplace health and safety.
“The National Forestry Industry Safety Summit was a significant conference,” said Nathan Night. “Between 400 and 500 delegates who are involved in safety, from the forestry sector throughout New Zealand, participated.”
Forestry is a high-risk and hazardous industry in New Zealand, particularly during harvesting. Research from Worksafe New Zealand showed 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.
Mr Hight said Safe365 was made aware of the Forestry Industry Safety Summit by one of their clients who is a “significant player” in the forestry industry.
“We had a trade stand at the conference, which allowed us to talk to a whole bunch of forestry folk about Safe365 and how it can help them in this industry.”
Mr Hight attributes Safe365’s growing popularity to it being easy to use, cost effective and efficient.
“Anyone can use it,” he says. “You don’t have to be an expert. Basic computer literacy, a computer and an internet connection is all you need.”