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About dgcunningham

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  • Birthday 01/02/77

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    Hope Valley
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    Grindleford
  1.  

    <p>Hi Island,</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>No problem, still not really been meeting anyone but sure I will get around to it. Good luck with the move, sounds awesome! A new world of trees and mangrove to discover!</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>cheers,</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>David</p>

     

  2.  

    <p>Hi David,</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>Just an update. I hope all is well. I hope you have connected with people around the area. I have been busy, as you can imagine. We are moving to India in the next month or two so I think I will give our meet-up a miss as there are no long term reasons for connecting (unless you are planning on coming to India)...</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>Cheers,</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>Island</p>

     

  3. Anyone done helicopter tree work?

    Not read all the thread, so someone may have mentioned this before. Would it be possible to install an in-water filter down-stream of the works and over pump the water? Something as simple as an inflatable dam with a terram barrier and a 6" pump with adequate bagging? I know that BiFOR relatively recently used a heli to lift in all the infrastructure towers to establish the lab in the woods. They used a Swiss company to do it. I believe they tried a sea-king chopper but it wasn't accurate enough. Might be worth contacting BiFOR if the heli is still an option? David
  4.  

    <p>Hi Wooden Hand,</p>

    <p>I have just been reading your article on Safe Anchor Choice and from following the thread, you mention there is a push on rail work in Japan.</p>

    <p>Do you think it would be an opportunity for an English guy to get across there and secure a position?</p>

    <p>I am currently a Contract Manager undertaking tree works on UK rail sites for a large company and have over 15 years experience of rail work having started in 2000.</p>

    <p>What are your thoughts?</p>

     

  5.  

    <p>Hi Island,</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>Yes you have other priorities at the moment, congratulations on your new addition. Let me know when things have settled down and a pint or coffee somewhere one evening would be good to make acquaintance.</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>Avatar pic is a little out of date as I haven't climbed commercially for over 3 years now, so might give the SRT workshop a miss. Been working as a Contract Manager for a big environment company and the majority of guys I work alongside are foresters; probably the reason why I was speaking quite directly at the workshop- it can take a while to decompress from that environment.</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>I shall let you take the lead in suggesting a suitable date for a little meet and greet, you guys need your space to marvel at the new addition to your family.</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>David.</p>

     

  6.  

    <p>Hi Island,</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>I hope this email finds you well.</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>I'm David in North Derbyshire, I think we were attending the same AA CPD workshop recently in Sheffield. I'm looking to increase my local network and meet up with like-minded individuals in our area- chat trees and develop working contacts. I mostly work nationally and don't actually know many tree-guys in this area.</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>I expect it is only fair to say I was the guy who questioned a few of Jack Kenyon's comments regarding the other consultant's report without the consultant being able to defend himself as he was not attending. I only mention this as my questions provoked quite a hostile response from the group and can appreciate I may not have represented myself well. Regardless, I have promised myself to attempt to make contact with more local peers during 2016. Are you attending the National Amenity Conference in Keele?</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>I hope to hear from you soon, kind regards,</p>

    <p> </p>

    <p>David Cunningham MArborA</p>

     

  7. Looking for Pts work

    Try Cornthwaites in Preston- they have a rope access team and are always in demand for rail work.
  8. Can this tree be helped

    Graft cuttings from the crown onto the stem below the mechanical damage. If they take reduce the tree to below the sever wound and start again.
  9. Hi Stephen, How many places available do you have for the Consultancy course please? Kind regards, David
  10. guess how much he's be quoted

    If so i'll be round in the morning to do it once im sober
  11. guess how much he's be quoted

    Do it for £795 That close?
  12. Working without certificates etc

    The jury finds the defendant guilty your honour.
  13. Working without certificates etc

    Shut these guys down before the kill someone
  14. Working without certificates etc

    I think it comes down to being 'employed'. If its just a group of guys getting their 'kicks' with chainsaws in a woodland they own then maybe no problem, maybe misadventure if something goes wrong. If they are employed in any sense of the word, subby, freelance direct etc, the employer has a 'care of duty' to those they employ and I expect that part of that is trying to manage 'foreseeable risk' within a context of best practice. Employing people to carry out an operation without training or PPE might be considered negligent to this 'duty of care'? Also, I don't expect they have obtained a felling license for their operation?
  15. College and what the industry really needs

    I work in Rail and Utility as a manager College leavers need to be certified with an appropriate suite of tickets to cover this work. Able to follow stringent H&S and legislation and familiar with BS:3998 (Competent with a c rather than a C) My suggestion would be consult with UAG to structure an appropriate apprenticeship course to provide guys who can at least put boots on the ground, the rest of the training the private sector will do. For the domestic workers out there I expect practical ability is more important than having a full range of CS units etc- get a gym? My suggestion would be to refine your output to cater for these quite different avenues. My further suggestion to a college would be, go where the money is and form a partnership with one of the big principle contractors to develop apprentices. Once you have secured that, start to offer realistic wages to your tutor positions and you may attract the right people who can deliver this.

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