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AA Teccie (Paul)

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  1. Not sure. Speak with Sarah at Head Office, the Training Coordinator, [email protected] who will hopefully be able to advise. Cheers Paul
  2. On a previous, very similar thread, someone suggested: - tree surgeon = someone who knows how to do pruning cuts correctly.. - arborist = someone who knows "why" I kinda liked that but...I guess "5 Shires" post put pay to that Paul
  3. Hi Ben, I think the simple answer is "no", however LPA/TO relations n all that. I guess the LPA send them out as a matter of routine to "the applicant" assuming they generally occupy the site...of course if your "the agent" this may not be convenient, as you say. You could always return them I guess Cheers, Paul
  4. Hi there, not currently unfortunately, all are online...an option which is likely to remain post-pandemic. However, I would anticipate we will return to face-to-face training when possible and where demand requires it. I deliver the online training and whilst it is different, stating the obvious and after delivering many courses face-to-face previously, I'm satisfied the key message and information does get through. Tbh, "getting into the woods" with it is a post-course activity for yourself, ideally accompanied by a more experienced tree surveyor/inspector, even on f-t-f training the amount of time outdoors is limited. Hope you get something sorted...and maybe look forward to meeting you (virtually) at some stage in the future. ATB, Paul
  5. The general view from HSE is that it is the employers responsibility to ensure an operative is competent, and capable, to perform whatever tasks / jobs are assigned. Training and qualifications can clearly help with this and PUWER Regs also support this. With non-UK workers you need to ensure competence in the first place, and document / record this, and within 12 months align them to the UK system, i.e. NPTC / Lantra. Your insurance company may have an opinion too, which may not align with the above unfortunately. Regards, Paul
  6. Down to legal definitions, and interpretations to some extent..."Mr Mynors anyone" It is my understanding if a branch, or root, encroaches a boundary AND causes an actionable nuisance, e.g. impacts on the roof tiles, then LPA consent is not necessary to 'abate' said nuisance (but you can only undertake the minimum work necessary and I would recommend informing the LPA of your intentions.) However, I don't think this is the OP's point, I think the "permission" the LPA refer to here is to do with landowners/tree owners permission, i.e. not LPA consent. Lastly, as I understand it, 'informatives' are different to 'conditions' and perhaps they have mixed the two up (a common informative being about protected species / nesting birds.) Just my "ten-penneth".. Cheers Paul
  7. Hi Ben, as I understand it you're required to have ISO9001 in place first, no bad thing commercially, and then 14001 is a pretty straight forward 'carry on' (as I think you're aware Mr Elcoat does this with/for many tree surgery clients.) Cheers.. Paul
  8. Probably not generally, but reducing wind-loading by height/crown reduction may reduce some of the deflection / pressure on the wall...perhaps.
  9. Hi, I think there are only 3 or 4 ISA Master Arborists in the UK currently. Hence, respectfully, I would suggest the value in the UK to be quite limited and would consider other qualification options more recognised here, e.g. ABC L4 Arb Dip or FdSc Arb, but they are much larger quals and hence much work / commitment is involved. Of course if you fancy USA or Canada, then go for it n "good luck" Paul
  10. Obviously the "actual measurement" will vary dependent upon the stem dia. but 'metres' is the norm in my experience.
  11. Hi there, when you say you've started up yourself, which is always an option and many good arborist have followed the same route and time + trial and error has developed them to where they are today, but if you can I would suggest trying to 'freelance' to other businesses to see a range of practices, probably good and bad (and indifferent) to build up your knowledge and experience. There are many education opportunities, full-time, part-time, short courses, online, webinars etc. etc. but "hands-on" experience and knowledge counts for so much. Maybe "take a punt" on here and say where you are and ask if anyone can offer you some days. Just my thoughts... Good luck with it, stay safe and enjoy.. Paul
  12. Only, 'as a matter of interest', was the fence mentioned / included in the site risk assessment as a potential hazard etc. and, if so, did that mitigate your responsibility at all? If not, coz it was bl**dy obvious, do you feel it may have helped your cause if it was included? (benefit of hindsight n all that) Thanks.. Paul
  13. They usually have their own climbing kit n pruning saw yeah...hence their own small tools. Tbh Ben I don't think you'll get 100% reassuring answer but the majority of businesses I deal with operate with freelancers as LOSCs. Cheers Paul
  14. Hi Ben, Probably worth clarifying, but then I feel obliged to say that, but clause 7 = 'labour-only' subcontractor (LOSC) and clause 14 = 'bona-fide' subcontractor , with the 'freelancer' generally being LOSC. Further, and as I understand it, a 'contract of service' can include terms of engagement for a LOSC in the same way it would include an employee under an employment contract. Hope this helps and, if required, there is an alternative forum you can post on :0 Regards, Paul
  15. To clarify, any "targets the AA may have set" are based on regulatory requirements or good industry practice etc. not something we just think is a good idea. Whilst many employers do, because of the exposure elements of the Vibration Risk Assessment, you can utilise industry averages (produced by Stihl, FC etc.) rather than 'logging hours', whihc are often over exaggerated, and combine this with an effective program of health surveillance (there have been many instances of HAVS over recent years with employers being fined very, very large sums of money...and employees, including myself, suffering long term.) 'Near Misses' - reporting of, should be viewed positively as a means of identifying potential accidents / incidents, "lessons learned" etc. ...just the AA perspective. Thanks all.. Paul

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