January 21, 2018

A Question of Safety


Katie Hateley, paramedic and director of first aid training company FoxMedics asks some challenging questions regarding your personal safety. How many of you Arborists HONESTLY climb with your First Aid bag? Do they snag on branches? Do they get soaked through during a rainy day until the bandages fall apart? From my minimal climbing experience I can see how climbing with a First Aid bag could be cumbersome. As mentioned in my first article if you had the misfortune of cutting through one of your major arteries the potential of becoming unconscious in less than one minute is quite high. So…

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Tree Smart Arb


The combination of traditional arborist skills with the latest in smart digital technology looks to be a trend set to continue in 2016. Conservation Contractors had secured a large tree maintenance contract with a private healthcare provider. Following initial trials with Tree SMART Arb, on implementing and demonstrating to the customer the results of their initial tree surveys, Conservation Contractors were awarded more sites to survey and manage. Company owner, William Warden, explains “We work for a number of organisations who have large tree stocks across a range of locations. We wanted a system that has the ability to survey…

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Report Writing: The Middle


As with a good meal, it is the main course that counts for the most. Jonathan Hazell explains how to make sure all the correct ingredients are in place with your writing.  Last time I set the scene and made reference to the police caution as a useful piece of advice when writing your report, let me introduce two more pieces of advice.   First “the logic test” – if you assert that A is true, then can B really be true as well, let alone C?  Second Mark Twain’s quote “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let…

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Top Ten Tips: Choosing Your Ropes


Your choice of climbing rope is fundamental to keeping you safe. Take it seriously, says Milly Stone of Marlow Ropes.   Always buy a rope designed for climbing from a reputable manufacturer.  What climbing are you going to be doing? Are you going to be double rope or SRT climbing? Many ropes can be used for both but generally the larger diameter ropes are better suited to DRT while the lighter ropes are ideal for SRT. What diameter do you need? Will you be hand gripping the rope or using an ascender?  The bigger ropes are heavier but are easier…

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An Interview with Nick Eddison: Burleys


Pro Arb were given the opportunity to interview arboriculture manager Nick Eddison, who is relatively new to the Burley’s team, having joined in July last year. But with plenty of hands-on experience in the industry, he plans big things for the company. How long have you been in the industry and what made you think there was a career in it? I’ve been in the industry for 20 years. Initially I was working as a landscape operative doing hard landscaping for a small family firm in Newick, East Sussex. There was quite a lot of tree work and the other…

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Choosing the Right First Aid Course

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Your First Aid Certificate is out of date and you will have to attend a course for that tick in the Health and Safety Executive box.  For some of you this is how you perceive your First Aid Training and also face the course with absolute dread. First Aid should not be death by Power-point or Snoozville, it should be interactive and engaging and more importantly provide you with the skills and knowledge to be confident when faced with an incident whether in or away from work. It also should be relevant. The realisation of appropriate First Aid training for…

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Top Ten Tips: Using Drones in Arboriculture


If employing a company offering drone services they should be able to provide copies of their CAA Permit for Aerial Work commonly called a PFAW and aviation specific insurance. Without this they cannot legally operate. Membership of the industry trade association ARPAS-UK also demonstrates a higher level of professionalism. Drones come in many shapes and sizes and the terminology is wide ranging. RPAS, SUAS, UAV’s and Drones are all common terms. Drones are either fixed wing and look like conventional aircraft or are multi-rotor vertical and take off landing craft.  All are powered by lithium polymer battery cells with duration…

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Chalara Ash Dieback


Chalara Fraxinea responsible for ash dieback is a notifiable pathogen within the UK; it is important to report new cases to the Forestry Commission.  Chalara Ash Dieback has been a subject of discussion in the media over the past few years, since it was first identified in a Buckinghamshire nursery in 2012. The disease is widespread across Europe, but has now been confirmed on at least 150 locations within the UK. Initially identified as the pathogen Chalara fraxinea, this fungal disease has since been discovered to have two stages of development; Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (syn. Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus) as the sexual and…

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Report Writing: The Beginning


In the first of a three-part series, Jonathan Hazell gives advice on writing a comprehensive report.   This is the first of three short pieces that explain my ideas and thinking about report writing, which for ease I have called, imaginatively, the beginning, the middle and (yes, you guessed) the end.   But first, to set the scene.   Your client will commission a report, but once it’s been issued there’s no telling where it will end up so try to write well, and please leave out the thinly disguised sales pitch!   Your report must be: an answer to your…

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A guide to assisted felling part 2: Component forces – David Vickers


In the second part of this series, Dave Vickers looks at the forces involved and required safety margins when combining wire and rope based offset systems. Last month we focused on assisted felling and the forces involved when using an offset pull. We introduced the formula “pull = 2t(cos x)” where t is the force in tonnes exerted by the winch and x is half of the angle the wire/rope passes through the pulley. I concluded by suggesting a ready reckoner chart could be useful when selecting equipment. We need to consider two things when dealing with offset systems combining rope and wire; firstly the potential offset loads, and secondly the strength of the rope. Calculating…

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