Industry News for September 2005
Security losses continue to plague forestry operations in the form of property damage, theft, trespass, equipment sabotage, dumping, and obstruction.
Associated Oregon Loggers estimates that damage and lost-time from losses to logging equipment and property exceed $1 million annually in Oregon.
Managing security risks at logging operations by taking appropriate precautions and response to incidents can help runaway losses of this type. Logging contractors can minimize exposure to criminal security losses by implementing a few simply security precautions.
To assist Oregon logging companies in confronting the security loss problem, the association is publishing a handbook, Security Precautions for Logging Operators. The handbook outlines a 12-point security precaution check list, which follows in summary form.
1. Plan for Security – Prepare a written plan to keep the full scope of operations secure.
2. Bid for Risk – Weigh security measures in each contract bid, making sure to consider the anticipated cost of such measures.
3. Gate Access – Where possible, gate roads to the work site and fence the shop yard in order to prevent unauthorized access when employees are absent.
4. Lockdown, Secure, Monitor – Store or remove portable equipment if possible prior to leaving a job site.
5. Watch Continuously – Have a responsible watchman on site or use hidden cameras when security problems are anticipated.
6. Handling Visitors – Always make contact with uninvited people (intruders or visitors) observed near the job site. Greet them and record descriptions and license plate numbers.
7. Training for Crew – Employees and subcontractors should be trained to respond safely to any anticipated security situation.
8. Security Kit – Keep a security kit in all vehicles; it may be as simple as a ziplock bag with notepad, pencil, disposable camera, forms and contact information.
9. Coordinate with Allies – For projects with anticipated security problems, the logger, landowner, and timber buyer should prepare and agree on security plans.
10. Ask for Patrol – Inform local law enforcement officials where operations are expected to encounter security problems. Ask for patrols as appropriate.
11. Closure Authority – Consider requesting legal authority for public closure.
12. Post Closure – Post warning designs that deter unauthorized access.
(Source: Forest Resources Association)