It goes without saying that tree surgery can be a dangerous activity. It is therefore vitally important the tree surgeons comply with current Health & Safety legislation. Employee and client safety is essential for our company, which covers the whole of Bagshot and the surrounding Surrey area with tree removal, stump grinding and hedge cutting services.
Typical risks faced by tree surgeons include falling from height, being injured from falling tree and limbs and exposure to sawdust and similar volatile substances which could later lead to respiratory problems. The use of stump grinding and hedge cutting equipment on projects in the Bagshot area can also present a series of operational dangers.
Tree surgery companies, much like those in many other sectors, are governed by the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations (1999). The regulations state that we have a duty to perform risk assessments within any environment where our tree surgeons are working. Risk assessment stipulations are set by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
While hedge cutting and stump grinding work in Bagshot is undertaken at ground level, most other types of tree surgery involve work at height. This means we also have to adhere to the Work at Height Regulations (2005) and ensure that all tree surgeons working for our company are correctly trained, supervised and equipped. Harnesses, ladders and ropes must all be suitable for working at height and should be regularly checked for defects.
Branch Management Tree Services are further governed by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1992) and this means the use of stump grinding and hedge cutting machinery on projects in Bagshot will require formal qualifications. Mandatory certification is also required by tree surgeons to display the correct level of competence in chainsaw use.
PPE has an obvious role to play in the field of tree surgery and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (1992) stipulate all requirements relating to the provision and use of PPE. Our tree surgeons uses safety hats, ear defenders, goggles, gloves and safety boots plus separate equipment for chainsaw and stump grinding work in Bagshot.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002), otherwise referred to as COSHH, state that tree surgeons must have protection in place when dealing with hazardous materials, such as the petrol and oils used with chainsaws, stump grinding machinery and hedge cutting tools. The same regulations are also applied to sawdust.
We fully understand that Health & Safety requirements, when met, result in safer tree surgery work. If you are considering Branch Management Tree Services for work in the Bagshot area and would like to know more about our safety and environmental policies before making a decision, please contact us today on 01276 451536 or 07900 552607.