Safety is a huge consideration for a tree surgery business, both from the point of view of the personal safety of our workers, customers and the general public and in terms of protecting buildings, gardens, landscaped areas, cars etc.
To ensure safety:
- We assess all jobs and prepare detailed site and risk assessments and method statements prior to work being undertaken.
- We use only up to-date equipment and machinery which is checked regularly for safety.
- Prior to starting and during work, we ensure the site is safe using signage, barriers, look-out men, plus road closure and/or traffic management systems. In this way we can get on with our work knowing that everyone affected can move around in a safe manner.
- All our operatives undergo frequent First Aid refresher training and undertake regular Aerial Rescue practice.
- Our Health and Safety Policy details our responsibilities and activities necessary to maintain a safe working environment and this is supplemented with regular contact with our Health and Safety advisors - Sound Safety Advice Ltd.
All work is carried out in accordance with:
- BS 3998:1998 to BS3998:2010 Tree works. Recommendations.
- BS 5837:2005 Guide for trees in relation to construction.
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (L.O.L.E.R.). Our climbing and rigging tackle is assessed every 6 months in order to ensure equipment is safe and sound.
- Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
- Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations (P.U.W.E.R.).
- Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (regarding TPOs- Tree Preservation Orders).
- Town and Country Planning (Trees) Regulations (regarding statutory controls over trees in Conservation Areas).
- COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations 2012.