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UPM Tilhill Marks International Safety Day with a Week of Events

UPM Tilhill has organised five events across the UK for staff and contractors to reinforce the company’s commitment to health and safety.

The events start on 28th April 2014, and are part of UPM Tilhill’s ‘Insist of Safety’ programme. Managers and key contractors will take part in workshops and learn about the latest initiatives. The company believes that safety starts at the top and it is with this in mind that each event is additionally attended by at least one Director. During the week, UPM Tilhill will be celebrating achieving zero lost time accidents for employees during 2013 – the best results ever recorded.

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UPM Tilhill has won multiple, national awards from RoSPA for its commitment to health and safety. Recently, UPM Tilhill’s excellent safety achievements also received global recognition from parent company UPM when they were invited to join UPM’s Front Runners Club.

Head of Health and Safety Chris Pike said: “It is the first time we have held five large safety events across the UK, bringing together both our Forestry and Harvesting teams. The events will be an important part of this year’s communication strategy.

“We continue to build on our success from previous years and never rest on our laurels when it comes to health and safety. This has included getting actively involved at a national level to improve safety across our industry.”

The forest industry is one of the most dangerous sectors in which to work in the UK. In the five years up to March 2012, there was an average of 10.4 fatalities per 100,000 workers. This is more than three times the fatality rate for the construction industry. Early in 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) called a safety summit, bringing together stakeholders from across the industry. This resulted in the Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA).

UPM Tilhill plays an active role in FISA and has representation on seven working groups. FISA sets out the industry commitment agreed by each organisation to raise the standard of health, safety and welfare in the workplace.

UPM Tilhill, established more than 60 years ago, is a national company operating from a network of offices throughout the UK and is the UK’s largest forest management and timber harvesting company. The company provides a full range of consultancy and contracting services to the forest owner and forestry investor.

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