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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.
  12. I thought I would cheer you all up and tell you some jokes. Plus it would be good to have a joke forum so we could all have a good laugh. What do you think Steve?? Anyway I was working at this house to day taking out an Ash and these two woman came up the garden path, they said excuse me can I ask you a question? Do you eat bread? I said yeah "Brown" Well that was it for half an hour I got my ears battered on the benefits of eating white bread and what it can do for me and how I will feel if I change my ways. Bloody Hovis witnesses. Two blokes in a pub chatting, one says you know old Ted the builder he passed away last night, no way how did that happen? Well he was working on my roof fixing slates and he fell, he went straight through into the loft, is that how he died the other asked. No he grabbed the electric cables on his way through to the bedroom floor, is that how he died? Hell no, he hit the bedroom floor and went straight through it, grabbing the gas pipe. Is that how he died? No way, he went straight through and he hit the living room floor, Hang on says the bloke just how did he die? I shot him! Why did you shoot him? Bloke replies "Cos he was wrecking my blood house".
  13. The problem with this society is if you catch them and teach them a lesson it will be you that is facing a criminal court hearing, this country sucks for the victims. I know what I would do if I ever caught anyone stealing my stuff, and as you say it is more upsetting knowing your parents are frightened they might come back. Scum of the earth and dregs of society and no less..
  14. **** man! condolences go's out to his family, sad news..
  15. Thanks guys, I know a chap that does a bit of cabinet making so i'll give him a bell. It seems a shame to just log it up, im into recycling and who knows in two hundred years someone might be looking at a fine beach cabinet where the wood came from me.. Lol.. I will have to stop watching antiques roadshow...
  16. Hi I have been to look at a Beach today that needs to be removed. I knew that this sort of timber can be of value but not sure who buys it and at what sort of cost I should be looking at to sell it. I know that some cabinet makers are after this sort of timber also. The tree measures 2620mm (8ft 7") in diameter and has a clear stem of 7m., the tree stands approx 20m in height. Can anyone give me any ideas on how much to ask and if they know of anyone in the north that buys.. Cheers
  17. Nice and sunny here in Blackburn this morning, bit of rain this afty till about 6pm.
  18. Hi Matt This should be covered in BS5837 Trees in relation to construction. Im sure you can downlaod the basics on a google search. Sorry I dont have a copy to send you. Andy
  19. Sent you a PM re chapter 8 books for you.
  20. Thanks for all your advice guys, ill get the LA to clarify things and put it in writing that they can be removed. Thanks again


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