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 - Gillian Clark - FISA


Kevin Thomas - Norbord

Gareth Hopkins - Forestry Commission

Geraint Price - NRW

Jock McKie - John Deere

Joe Kearney - Safety Set

Chris Hughes - MWMAC

Sean Reilly – Bio Equipment

Michael Crutchley – Forestry Contractor

David Wilmer – Jim Wilmer & Sons

David Gostick – HSE

Adrian Grew – Cabcare

Katherine Gostick – HSE

Per Annemalm – Komatsu Forest

Stephen Bellas – Komatsu Forest

Dean Robson – Ponsse UK Ltd

Robert Barr – Ponsse UK Ltd

Ian Stitt – Ponsse UK Ltd

Baden Powell - B Powell Forestry Ltd

John Fukes – RJ Fukes Forestry Services

Andy Newbold - Newmac

Gillian Clark (support) – FISA CEO


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