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A farm owner has been prosecuted after an untrained worker plunged over four metres from a tree as he was using a chainsaw to prune branches.   The Farmer told two of his workers to cut the tree back but neither was trained to use chainsaws within a tree or given the correct equipment to carry out the work

The court heard the incident was entirely preventable. After the incident the Farmer employed professional tree surgeons and the job was completed safely in less than an hour at a cost of just over £100.

The HSE said, “The injured man and all involved were untrained in this type of work and the resulting activity demonstrated a complete lack of planning and forethought. To be straddled in a tree with no harness or training, cutting away at branches with a large chainsaw, defies belief.”

My message to you is simply…….

“It is cheaper and better value for money to do the training than to pay a hefty fine.  It is also far cheaper to employ a professional tree surgeon who is trained and qualified to do such work.”

Newlands Training can offer you all the chainsaw training and either City & Guilds NPTC or Lantra Awards certification that you need to stay safe and legal and we look forward to hearing from you.

The other issue, of course, is Working at Heights.

Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 states “Every employer shall ensure that work at height is properly planned; appropriately supervised; and carried out in a manner which is so far as is reasonably practicable safe.”

The full HSE story is here  Tree incident


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