Domestic Initiatives in Forestry

In Japan, the Sumitomo Forestry Group manages approximately 48,000 hectares of company-owned forests. Contractors conduct planting, weeding, improvement cutting, thinning and clear cutting operations. For the purpose of preventing occupational injury to these contractors, the Group conducts safety patrols and holds Workplace Safety Conferences at each forestry office once every half year.

In fiscal 2018, there were 4 instances of occupational injury requiring payment of compensation benefits for absence from work in accordance with the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Act in Sumitomo Forestry-owned forests. As a result, with the contractors involved, response measures to prevent recurrence were discussed and agreed. Additionally, warnings were issued to other contractors through the Workplace Safety Conferences.

A safety patrol

A safety patrol

Number of Occupational Injuries Involving Contractors at Forestry Work Sites in Company-Owned Forests

FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
2 1 3 1 4

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Overseas Initiatives in Forestry

The Sumitomo Forestry Group manages a total of approximately 230,000 hectares of company-owned plantation forests overseas. As in company-owned forest, overseas plantation companies (Open Bay Timber Ltd., PT. Mayangkara Tanaman Industri, PT. Wana Subur Lestari and Tasman Pine Forests Ltd.) take thoroughgoing companywide safety measures and are thoroughly equipped to prevent occupational injury. Regular safety lectures are also provided.

Number of Occupational Injuries Involving Contractors at Forestry Work Sites in Company-Owned Forests

Open Bay Timber Ltd. PT. Mayangkara Tanaman Industri PT. Wana Subur Lestari Tasman Pine Forests Ltd.
2 1 0

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Lectures Given by External Experts

The Sumitomo Forestry Group in Japan has enhanced educational activities at its Workplace Safety Conferences, including occupational safety instructions using examples of common forestry accidents, as well as environmental education, lectures given by experts on such topics as emergency first aid, and on-site safety guidance. Furthermore, so as to prevent lack of concentration when performing dangerous work by becoming accustomed to the work, the Group conducts safety education repeatedly.

At the Workplace Safety Conferences held at various forestry offices in fiscal 2018, experts from the Forestry and Timber Manufacturing Safety & Health Association gave lectures on accident prevention measures based on analysis of causes of recent forestry occupational injuries, and on-site emergency training was also conducted.

On-site guidance by experts (Hyuga Forestry Office)

On-site guidance by experts (Hyuga Forestry Office)

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