Plant & Equipment


The Accord sees Machinery, Plant & Equipment as a key priority in improving safety performance ensuring equipment is maintained efficiently and operated safely. The WG will research and communicate with manufacturers and industry users and produce safety guidance for various machinery, plant and equipment. Target is to cover all of the forest industry sector.

CHAIR - Chris Pike - Tilhill 


Gareth Hopkins - Forestry Commission

Gordon Adam - Forestry England

Sean Reilly - Bio Equipment

Matthew Whitehead

Jock McKie - John Deere

Chris Hughes - MWMAC

Andy Newbold - Newmac

David Wilmer - Wilmer

Baden Powell - B Powell Forestry

Katherine Gostick - HSE - Observer


Adrian Grew - Cabcare

Richard Gordon - Clark Engineering

Stephen Bellas - Komatsu Forest

Robert Barr - Ponsse UK Ltd

John Fukes - RJ Fukes Forestry Services

Richard Court - Importer Engineer/Machine Sales

Alex Mathieson - Oregon Chains

Richard Deboys - FLS Safety

Geraint Price - NRW

Simon Richmond - Arb Association

Simon Wallis - EuroForest

Calum Duffy - Duffy Skylining

Robert & Joe Millington - J & R Millington Ltd

Callum Campbell - Skyline Contractor

Adrian Cook - Heartwood Tree

Phil Newson - PR Newson

Charlie Fulton - MCL

Simon Richardson - Richardson Contracting

Ben Miller - BM Excavations

Eddie Warrener - LGP Excavators

Keith Silvester - Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers

David Gostick – HSE - Observer


Sean Duffy - Lantra

Rob South - Andrew Bronwin

Simon Richmond - Arb Association

Kyle Williams - Hendre Glyn Logs

Michael Bruce - Glentanner Estates

Eve Macready-Jones – HSE - Observer



Raise awareness in the correct use of machines and equipment, providing clear and concise guidance to industry. Working with HSE to also achieve clear answers to the construction, use and maintenance of machines and equipment in the industry.


  • Identify H&S Issues for Machinery, Plant & Equipment
  • Carry out a revision of the current industry guidance on winch operations to current practices
  • Produce a system for Reports of Plant/equipment faults/recalls
  • Review the Machine related FISA guides to ensure current standards are provided
  • Identify and create a industry competency standard for Machine / Winch operators


  • Publish Traction Assist Safety Guide
  • Continue to raise awareness through FISA Bulletins
  • Refresh Machine FISA Safety Guides
  • Draft the Machine / Winch operator competency standard
  • Create and issue a new guidance for use of Tree Shears
  • Define clear guidance on CE Marking in relation to machine conversions