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How to tell if your tree surgeon is a real professional

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Checklist of things a tree surgeon should do before taking down a tree:

  • Make sure there is written permission from a local authority tree officer where there is a Tree Preservation Order or if it is in a conservation area.
  • Check for a risk assessment identifying hazards such as power cables and risks to the general public and identify the numbers of workers required and equipment needed for the job. e.g. a minimum of two tree surgeons must be used for any tree climbing operations and one of the groundsmen must be trained in aerial rescue.
  • Make sure all tree surgeons are wearing protective clothing. This is a pre-requisite for tree surgery.
  • A tree surgeon MUST plan escape routes when felling trees so discuss this with your contractor.
  • A tree surgeon MUST always carry first aid equipment and have contact numbers for local emergency services in the event of an accident. Ideally the team leader should be trained in first aid. Ask your tree surgeon who the designated first aider is when working on your land.
  • On busy trunk roads one must use traffic lights, cones, red and white barrier tape and barriers. When traffic lights are used, companies must notify local councils and get permission. Sometimes it is required for companies to advertise in local newspapers to inform the general public of any inconvenience to road travel.
  • All ground staff and tree surgeons in a tree surgery outfit must wear high visual equipment.
  • Make sure all the tree surgeons are wearing Protective Clothing. This is a pre-requisite for Tree Surgery. On this website you can search for a local tree surgeon and tree contractor that regularly works or are based in your area. The amount of time taken to travel to and from a site is often reflected in the price you pay, and therefore choosing local tree contractors helps to reduce travelling time and avoids processed timber and chippings being carted over long distances.

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