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  1. I cant say too mutch, we dont price work, it is a service we provide!!!!!
  2. I thought this might get blood boiling.. mine has been boiling for about a year..
  3. No its us that do all the work, the manager runs the department, bugets and all the usual stuff and team leader he started a year ago, he supervises a grass team but he also supervises us.
  4. Hi all, well I think this might generate a bit of a debate on responsibility. Well that’s what I am hoping. I my mate and me work for a company and we are the only two in the company qualified in arb, we are both climbers, both have RFS Cert; he has his Tech cert and yr 1foundation degree. Now our R/A was drawn up and revised by our manager (not qualified in arb) we have a team leader (not qualified in arb) We are told that our team leader is responsible for us, to check our chainsaws, including climbing equipment, the service and repair, and to ensure we are using it safely. We have been told by our H/S officer they don’t need to be trained to supervise or manage us to manage our H/S as we are both qualified and take full responsibility. So my question is just that, do they need qualifications to supervise? And how in your opinion should the hierarchy be structured in relation to the people who should hold or take responsibility. I.e. the s**t trail that hits the fan when things go wrong. Cheers
  5. I agree with you in your entirity Bob, legislation is there to help and protect us, if only my manager and team leader would take heed of this. I would like to ask if the following is legal under the MHSWA and Loler. My manager and team leader have no qualifications in arbo at all, and they dont generaly give any direct instructions so no problems there,. But last week my team leader went and bought me two screw gate krabs (the two had been identified on the loler the day before as old and needing retiring. I was told to replace them with three way action by the assessor) so as I said he went (Team Leader) and got them and used an engraving machine to mark them up, not on the knurled lock but on the metal shank where the rope/spliced eye would sit. Then added them to the weekly inspection sheet and tried to give them to me.. I think you can guess what I told him to do?? So that is my manager and team leaders interest and respect towards Reg's and Leg's.. He didn't even know what or where they were suposed to be used for.
  6. Just wondering if anyone can give me some advice on this one. I work for a large company who is a registered social landlord providing rented homes. A year ago we took over the grounds maintenance of our own trees and landscaped areas from the local council. The local council as we all know have the right people with the right skills and knowledge to run such services. Ok so here is where I need the advice, no one in our company has any tree related qualifications apart from me and my colleague, we have been told we are going to be supervised off an operative who holds no qualifications in arboriculture. Our supervisor’s job description says, " to monitor the use of grounds maintenance equipment such as, mowers, chainsaws and climbing equipment, including their safe use, repair and servicing" we have just found out that our climbing equipment LOLER certificate is out of date by 4 months, no one other than me and my colleague can identify bad / safe working practices. They are not competent, as they hold no qualifications? As a company what needs to be in place to satisfy our insurance in relation to arboriculture? E.g. method statements, Risk assessments, correct insurance? What is the current best working practice for the hierarchy structure within a company who offers arboriculture as a service to their tenants? If we had had an accident of any kind within the last 4 months due to no LOLER certificate would our insurance have been void? Can I request to see if my employers have the correct insurance that covers me in relation to arboriculture practices? Thanks Andy
  7. Can anyone help on this one please. I am trying to find out the pulling capacity for towing.. On a renault master 2.5 dci 120HP crew cab tipper, single wheel base.. Cheers
  8. Bloody hell man.. I dont want to in the diocese where they hang you thats for sure.. This info is needed to pass back to my boss and as the trees are not on our land we will not be undertaking any work on them. The vicarage will have to get their own trees sorted, they are just causing a light issue to one of our tenants. Thanks for the prior warning and the info.. (Never was any good at hang man anyway!!!)
  9. Can any one shed some light on how to get advice on this. I went to look at a job today as there had been complaints about light issues and swaying trees!!! (well trees do sway in the wind I told them) Anyway I looked at the trees (50ft sycamore just incase you ask) and they was in the church grounds. I contacted the local council tree oficer and he started going on about some sort of order that comes under the diocese and that I would have to apply through the diocese advisory council to do the work through them.. Like the TPO order???? Also the trees stand within the grounds of listed buildings. So can anyone shed any light on this please. Cheers Andy.
  10. I know this might sound a bit gruesome but I have always told my work mate that in the event of a chainsaw accident it is sometimes impossible to stem the bleeding, I told him if it ever happened to either one of us, I would expect him to put his fingers into the wound and clamp the vain to stop the bleeding and if it meant saving my best mates life then that’s what I would do. We are both full first aid qualified and I know from experience how hard it is to stem blood flow just using big padded bandages, I touched my leg with a chain saw back in the 80’s it was not a bad cut but I could not stop the blood I had to use the heel of my right foot and pushed it into my groin for pressure. So please everyone take extra care when using equipment and don’t become too complaisant. Andy
  11. I have already said how shocking this news was and my condolences also, this is a reply to Tom & Nick. You are correct it is now a requirement of H&S to have a cut away section on your steel core line and I always have on mine, I would also like to say that we set up a rescue line close to where the climber is so if anything ever happened at least the groundy has a better chance of getting up there quicker. I know it might never make the difference but I always think you have got to give anything a try if it will save someone's life. I am in no way implying that in the tragic death of this young man nothing was done to try and save him, I am just letting people know how we set up our rescue's.


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