Last year, in NSW forest products industries, there were 8,107 weeks lost due to work related accidents at a gross incurred cost of $17.5 million. This statistic only reflects accidents incurring 5 days or more lost time. In addition, the recognised ratio of indirect to direct costs varies between 1:3 and 1:7. Collectively the cost of workplace injures throughout Australia is astronomical.
Report Year Archives: 1996
Fungal stain is wood is caused by the presence of fungi growing on the surface or within the wood. The presence of stain in timber can severely reduce the appearance value of timber and can result in loss of revenue for sawmills processing timber with the stain problem. One sawmill in Victoria lost $5 million in the downgrade of timber due to the stain problem during a one year period. Methods of control of fungal stain in timber include management under water sprinkles, use of chemical preservatives, and biological control.
Initiatives And Programs Used To Teach And Promote Timber At The University Level – A North American Study Tour
Sections of the Australian Timber Industry have at last realised that the industry’s future success is inextricably linked to the commitment it makes now to education, and in this regard, a number of specific educational policies and programs are currently being set in place. To assist in this process, this Gottstein Fellowship was sought to visit the United States and Canada to investigate and document the initatives and programs used in these countries to teach and promote timber at the university level.