As experienced tree surgeons for the Woking, Farnham, Guildford and Leatherhead areas, K Shepherd & Son have in-depth knowledge about the risks involved in tree surgery. We understand the importance of working in compliance with all relevant health and safety laws and stay-up-date with the latest industry developments. It is not only vital to the individual tree surgeon performing the work, but also to other personnel on site, the public and the surrounding environment, that health and safety guidelines are strictly followed.
Anyone involved in tree work, whether in a domestic, commercial or industrial setting, has a responsibility to adhere to the latest safe working practices. In the UK, the key guidelines are provided by the HSE and many of these best practices can be found on their website. For a brief overview of some of the main health and safety polices our tree surgeons work to, take a look below.
If you have any questions about health and safety or the tree surgery and hedge cutting services we provide in Leatherhead, Woking, Guildford and Farnham, do not hesitate to call us on 01483 428956 or 07860 698655.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Operating in compliance with the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, all our tree surgeons wear the appropriate personal protective equipment. This includes items such as helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, boots and any specialised equipment needed for a specific job, such as harnesses for aerial tree surgery.
Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)
Another important legislation we adhere to as tree surgeons covering the Woking, Farnham, Guildford and Leatherhead areas, is The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992. This lays out the responsibilities for owning and operating work equipment, such as ensuring it is well-maintained and only used by personnel with the appropriate training.
Working with Chainsaws
It is a legal requirement for chainsaw operators to have the right training to use such a powerful tool, especially when working at height. We ensure every operator in our team is fully trained and wears protective clothing to use a chainsaw, which often includes a safety helmet, hearing protection, safety glasses, gloves, chainsaw boots and high visibility clothing.
Working at Height
Whether removing a tree for a homeowner in Leatherhead, trimming a tall hedge for a commercial client in Farnham, tree pruning for a woodland trust in Woking or crown lifting a tree for a local authority in Guildford, our tree surgeons follow the Working at Height Regulations 2005 safety measures. This includes planning for emergencies, assessing risks, using safety equipment, such as climbing harnesses and ladders, as well as making sure all personnel are supervised and trained.
Aerial Tree Surgery Work
Following closely to Working at Height Regulations, a tree surgeon must take further special measures due to the potential hazards that come with aerial tree surgery work. Risk assessments must be carried out before ascending trees to complete the job, to assess hazards such as unstable branches. Ground supervision is also essential and communication between them and the aerial workers should be kept high throughout the process.