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Andrew McEwan

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About Andrew McEwan

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    Senior Member, Raffle Sponsor 2013, 2014

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    Climbing and fishing
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    Forestry and arboricultural consultancy/LOLER reports

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  1. Andrew McEwan

    Cedar ident

    Did you drill it as well Steve?
  2. Andrew McEwan

    Training to do LOLER assessments

    Suspect insurance companies will refer to this from HSE, interpreted to suit. "Although the competent person may often be employed by another organisation, this is not necessary, provided they are sufficiently independent and impartial to ensure that in-house examinations are made without fear or favour. However, this should not be the same person who undertakes routine maintenance of the equipment - as they would then be responsible for assessing their own maintenance work. "
  3. Andrew McEwan

    Air Spade Contractor Needed

    You could try Dan at https://macintyre-trees.co.uk/
  4. Andrew McEwan

    National companies putting us a step back.

    I'm more cynical and think the poplar was perhaps just the incident that crew didn't get away with, but either way if you view it as an exceptional case it shows the AAC sampling plan is missing those crews operating like that. I suspect you don't need me to give a run through of how to run certification to any particular standard, but any work like that is only as good as the sampling plan you start off with as per ISO 17021. Re the work diary, nice to hear you are able to have some flexible visits, but if AAC needs to sample rigging activities the assessors sampling plan needs to reflect that and request that info. I think most contractors would mainly know where a rigging kit is going to come out beforehand.
  5. Andrew McEwan

    National companies putting us a step back.

    Thanks Paul, interesting to see Bartletts at least got a £24K fine from HSE. Has the AA reviewed how the AAC scheme is assessed in light of the incident? Clients could be forgiven for thinking that AAC assessment isn't spotting serious short comings in contractors operations, if the poplar incident could occur in the first place. The main improvement I have heard discussed is prior to site assessment it being necessary to submit a booked work diary, enabling AA assessors to choose a job and site at random, and turn up to see more of a true reflection of a contractors staff and operations rather than a staged/planned visit.
  6. Andrew McEwan

    National companies putting us a step back.

    Hi Paul, Apologies if I have missed it elsewhere , but could you update the arbtalk masses on the Bartletts poplar incident and the AA response, and are they still using AAC status to complete tenders and as a mark of their quality?
  7. Andrew McEwan

    Sawdust in the eyes

    old dive mask in the shower as big daily eye bath/sluice, and optrex, good luck with eyeballs
  8. Andrew McEwan

    TP chipper: anyone got any experience?

    Just standard spout on mine Ken as it is the pto verision, (sorry should've said) and is behind a 50hp alpine so doesn't slow for much. There is a vid on fb of it on some billets we had to chip, and they are nicely made and laid out, and nice to get a galv chassis, are you adding to the fleet or thinking of chopping in the quadchip?
  9. Andrew McEwan

    ascension rope

    I've not tried the Courant, but have been happy with the other two, I think any unicore line is worth having as a step up in safety if you had a mishap with it.
  10. Andrew McEwan

    TP chipper: anyone got any experience?

    Did you look at the TP175? have been impressed with mine, solid fast chipper
  11. Andrew McEwan

    Ticks away!

    I have a jacket and old wax cotton beaters chaps I spray in permethrin for bad forestry survey jobs, can be hideous with ticks in thicket stage stuff, you can see insects dying on contact with it, not very nice but works.
  12. Andrew McEwan

    cobra bracing

    Can you post up some photos and dimensions, will allow a bit of discussion on options.
  13. Andrew McEwan

    Bore hole id

    Poplar hornet moth that has decided to try something new?
  14. Andrew McEwan

    Green mech 150 tracked chipper.

    I like mine, they seem a fairly safe bet, better with the non folding hopper I think
  15. Andrew McEwan

    Road side Oak.

    Surely that should be on the ancient tree inventory, not to mention full of defects re.milling


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