What do they do?
Harvesting contractors and their workers fell the mature trees, extract them to a processing area and cut the trees into log lengths ready to be shipped to market. They will have a good understanding of health and safety, environmental protection requirements and the forestry supply chain. Workers will have good mechanical skills and be able to operate equipment from chainsaws through to state of the art advanced mechanised felling and processing machines.
A typical day
Often a ten-hour working day; sometimes weekend work is required. There is a mix of jobs from cutting logs on a processing site and carrying quality control through to operating machinery to fell trees, extract trees for processing, processing trees into logs and loading logs onto log trucks.
Crew leaders will also plan the operation, carry out audits on safe work practices and environmental protection as well as monitoring production.
You’ll need to be safety conscious, practical and work well in teams
Sound like you?
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