Time and money you spend on injury prevention helps keep your teams safe on the job, and you meet your health and safety requirements. Fewer injuries mean better productivity, and you might even reduce your levies.

What is forestry?

Forestry work includes logging, silviculture and support services.

What is the impact of injuries?

In 2012 around 200 of New Zealand’s 7,000 forestry workers were seriously harmed at work – that’s one in 35. In 2013 WorkSafe New Zealand recorded 10 fatalities in forestry – that’s one in 700 – and one in every five workplace fatalities happened in forestry.

The most common injuries (over 50%), include soft tissue injuries, eg sprains and strains, lacerations and puncture wounds, fractures and dislocations and noise-induced hearing loss. Trees or bush are involved in a quarter of all injuries.

In 2014 forestry work-related claims have shown a positive trend, but there is still a long way to go.

What can I do to reduce injuries?

Safetree (external link) is a one-stop resource to find the safety information you need to do forestry jobs safely and without injury. The Safetree resources and website were created by the industry for the industry – from forest owners and bosses, right down to individual crew members.

Putting health and safety systems in place

You can keep your teams safer and injury-free by having in place good health and safety systems and procedures. To get started use our Health and Safety Improvement Cycle and Incident Investigation Process, they’re designed so you can establish good health and safety systems.

Even if you already have good systems in place, you might want to work on specific areas of improvement, for more information go to WorkSafe New Zealand’s forestry guidance material (external link).

Improve your health and safety systems and apply for a levy discount

If you participate in one of ACC’s workplace health and safety programmes, ACC can reward you for safe workplace practices by discounting your levies. Many different programmes have been designed to meet the needs of differing business types. Go to How to pay less to learn more.


  • Download our forestry publications for help identifying and managing typical hazards in your workplace.
  • Email us at if you need more information.
  • For specific advice and resources visit the Safetree (external link) website
  • Visit On the road to find out about vehicle safety.

Related websites

Visit these external websites for more information:

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Updated: 7 March 2016

Reviewed: 22 June 2015