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 2019, there was 1 instance 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

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

FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
1 3 1 4 1

* The number of work-related accidents resulting in payment of compensation benefits for absence from work in accordance with the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Act is disclosed.

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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.

Some examples from efforts at Tasman Pine Forests Ltd. include (1) thorough equipment inspections before work every day, (2) regular meetings with logging contractors to evoke caution about safety management and real-time reports in the event of an accident, (3) health and safety assessments of logging contractors and Tasman Pine Forests employees through third-party occupational health and safety experts, and (4) on-site visits by employees in charge to keep everyone alert.

Number of Occupational Injuries Involving Contractors at Forestry Work Sites

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

* The number of work-related accidents resulting in payment of compensation benefits for absence from work in accordance with the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Act of Japan is disclosed.

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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 2019, a total of 30 business partners (approx. 120 persons) participated in lectures by experts from the Forestry and Timber Manufacturing Safety & Health Association on accident prevention measures based on analysis of causes of recent forestry occupational injuries, and on-site emergency training.

VR Experience (Osaka Office)

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