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I'm worried about the safety of my tree - can a Council's tree officer come and inspect it? If not,   Council Tree Officers are not in post to give independent advice to the public about their trees or to recommend individual contractors or consultants. We advise residents to seek help and advice when they are concerned from professionals who are approved by a recognised body...
 23/11/2015      11:54
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What are my legal requirements for Health and Safety Legal requirements: Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HaSWA or ‘the Act’) Section 2(3) requires all organisations etc. to have a policy for managing health and safety. Where 5 or more people are employed the policy should be written down*. Management of Heal...
 25/11/2015      07:49
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Do you need any form of training before you can set out traffic management signs and cones on a publ  We strongly advise that tree work contractors undertake appropriate training for all activities they carry out in order to comply with legislation. In this case the New Roads and Street Works Act along with relevant guidance such as the Safety at Street Works and Road Works C...
 25/11/2015      07:26
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So what can we expect if we find ourselves in breach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 act?  Magistrates’ Courts operate a tiered fines system dependent on the seriousness of the offence. This could be up to £5000 or for the most serious offences an unlimited amount. Other alternative punishments issued by Magistrates’ Courts include a community sentence like unpaid ...
 24/11/2015      09:03
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Help for arborists  Help for Arborists is a library of generic and arb-specific guidance resources available for members to download and use. <!-- The Arborists’ Working Group The Arborists’ Working Group (AWG) is here to help arborists. Whether you are an individual arborist, a small com...
 10/12/2015      09:49
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Choose your Tree Surgeon?  Choosing your Tree Surgeon (Arborist) GOOD CLIMBING PRACTICE BAD CLIMBING PRACTICE If tree work is not done properly it could lead to: INJURY to people * DAMAGE to property * SERIOUS HARM to your trees that have taken many years to grow… ...
 02/12/2015      15:39
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Why should I use an ARB Approved Contractor?  Contractors listed in our directory listing have submitted their businesses and their tree work to the Arboricultural Association for assessment and have been found competent to provide arboricultural contracting services to clients. The Arboricultural Association’s assessme...
 12/12/2015      19:36
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What are the regulations for working at height?  WORKING AT HEIGHT REGULATIONS 2005 Introduction After some well publicised delays, the  Work at Height Regulations 2005  came into force on 6 April 2005. They implement the  European Temporary Work at Height Directive (2001/45/EEC) , and are intended to reduce deaths an...
 25/11/2015      10:08
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How can I ensure that the equipment I use meets the statutory regulations?  Work Equipment Legal requirements The primary objective of the  Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998  (PUWER) is to ensure that work equipment should not result in health and safety risks, regardless of its age, condition or origin and that it should be ...
 25/11/2015      11:00
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What regulations are there for handling of hazardous substances?  Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 What is it? CoSHH applies to employers and the self-employed in order to reduce the risks of exposure to harmful substances. You are responsible for taking effective measures to control exposure and protect health...
 25/11/2015      10:23
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