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Risk Assessment

At Cut Above Tree Services, we are aware of the hazards and risks involved and created while carrying out our work. Below is a basic risk assessment that can provide an idea of our approach. Site/ project specific risk assessments and or method statement can be provided at request.  

Tree Surgery Risk Assessment

1. Task: Tree Pruning and Removal

2. Hazard Identification:

  • Falling Objects: Falling branches, tools, or debris during pruning or removal.

  • Working at Heights: Climbing and working in elevated positions.

  • Equipment Use: Chainsaws, ropes, and other cutting tools.

  • Weather Conditions: Wind, rain, or adverse weather affecting stability.

3. Risk Evaluation:

  • Likelihood x Severity:

    • Falling Objects: Likely x High Severity

    • Working at Heights: Likely x High Severity

    • Equipment Use: Likely x Medium Severity

    • Weather Conditions: Possible x Medium Severity

4. Control Measures:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

    • All workers must wear helmets, eye protection, gloves, and chainsaw-resistant clothing.

  • Falling Objects:

    • Establish a secure work zone and use barriers to prevent unauthorized entry.

    • Ensure workers are trained in proper pruning techniques to control the direction of falling branches.

  • Working at Heights:

    • Provide and enforce the use of safety harnesses and secure climbing equipment.

    • Ensure all elevated work platforms and ladders are stable and in good condition.

  • Equipment Use:

    • Ensure all cutting tools are well-maintained, sharp, and used by trained personnel.

    • Implement a two-person system for chainsaw operation, with one acting as a spotter.

  • Weather Conditions:

    • Monitor weather forecasts regularly and postpone work in adverse conditions.

    • Train workers to recognize and respond to changing weather conditions.

5. Emergency Procedures:

  • First Aid:

    • All workers must be trained in Emergency First Aid for Forestry.

    • First aid kits should be readily available on-site.

  • Emergency Evacuation:

    • Establish clear evacuation routes and assembly points.

    • Ensure workers are familiar with emergency procedures.

6. Training and Competency:

  • Ensure all workers are trained and competent in:

    • Tree identification and assessment.

    • Safe climbing and working at heights.

    • Proper use of cutting tools and equipment.

    • Emergency response procedures.

7. Inspections and Maintenance:

  • Regularly inspect and maintain:

    • Tools, equipment, and PPE.

    • Climbing gear and safety harnesses.

    • Vehicles used for transportation of personnel and equipment.

8. Communication:

  • Establish clear communication protocols:

    • Use radios or other reliable communication devices.

    • Conduct pre-task briefings to review the plan and address any concerns.

9. Record Keeping:

  • Maintain records of:

    • Training certifications.

    • Inspections and maintenance activities.

    • Incidents and near misses.

10. Review and Update:

  • Regularly review and update the risk assessment:

    • After incidents or near misses.

    • When introducing new equipment or procedures.

    • Annually or as needed.

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