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Tree Surgeon Fined After Tree Crashes On Parked Car

While there are many different parts of the job when you are a tree surgeon, there are some basic facts and matters that you need to remember. You should always have safety as the number one factor to consider, and this was not the case in Cornwall last year. In fact, it was very fortunate that no one was hurt in the incident which dated back to March of 2017, but which has recently gone through the Courts.

The case resulted in a contractor from Cornwall being fined because a tree fell into a public area, ultimately hitting a parked car. Tobias Smith, who trades as Truro Tree Services, was in Truro Magistrates Court when the story of him removing a large and mature cypress tree, which was in a private garden, was heard.

A tow rope attached to the work’s van was used as part of the process

The court heard how chainsaw cuts were made to the lower areas of the trunk and how ropes were attached to bring the tree down in an area that had been designated as a safe place. However, the tree didn’t fall, and Smith made the decision to lower the tree down using a tow rope which was attached to the company van.

This resulted in the tree falling but not in the direction it was intended to fall. Instead, the tree managed to veer off course by around 70 degrees, it managed to fall through a boundary wall, making its way across a public pavement and then the tree fell onto the roof of a parked car. As stated, no one was hurt in the incident but that was perhaps down to good fortune as opposed to any judgment or calculations!

The HSE found that Smith and his team were not qualified for the work

An investigation was undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive, the HSE, and it was found that Smith and this team didn’t hold sufficient qualifications or had not received suitable training to carry out this work. It was also found that Smith hadn’t identified the obvious hazards to the general public and to the contractors working on the job.

Naturally, the courts took a dim view of this and Smith was fined £615 while he was ordered to pay costs of £1,000. In many ways, Smith can count himself lucky that more serious damage didn’t take place and that no one was hurt because of his actions.

This reinforces the importance of undertaking tree surgeon work in a safe and appropriate manner. The consequences that can arise out of not following safety procedures or being competent in the role can have a huge impact.

HSE Inspector Paul Mannell released a statement saying; “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

Tree Surgeon Looks To Smash World Record

No matter what you do for a living or what you want to achieve with your life, you should always look to be the best that you can be. There are some professions and sectors that lend themselves to fame, glamour and recognition more than other but this doesn’t mean that people will never get a chance to stand in the sun for a day or two.

You may not think that there are many ways in which tree surgeons can make themselves known as being the best in the world but there is a tree surgeon from Carmarthenshire who is looking to break a world record. Dyfrig Gibbs isn’t just doing this for the glory and glamour that goes along with being a record holder, he is looking to raise sponsorship funds that will assist his dreams of becoming a pilot.

In order to raise funds, Gibbs is going to attempt to plant as many trees as possible in a 24 hour non-step session. If he is to reach his target, he will plant over 8,000 Douglas Fir trees, which will be some going. This is great for him but it is also something that will have an impact on the local community and the wider environment, so there are plenty of benefits to be gained from this action.

Charity will benefit from the attempt too

Another very strong benefit is that will 50% of the funds will go towards the cost of his Private Pilots Licence, the remaining half of the money raised will be making its way to a very worthwhile charity. Gibbs currently runs a forestry business with his father so if anyone is going to know a thing or two about trees and how to plant them quickly and effectively, it will be him.

Many people associate tree surgeons with the removal of trees or taking them down, but it should be remembered that tree surgeons are more interested in preserving trees and ensuring that there is a healthy life for these trees. The company, Future Forests, has developed an excellent reputation in the local area, and the industry, for planning over 500,000 trees on the hillsides of Wales.

There will naturally be some people unhappy at the thought of funding one person’s dream but for the charitable aspect and the additional trees being planted in the area, there will be a line of people wanting to help out. It may not be the most exciting or headline grabbing world record but it is one that will be relevant to tree surgeons across the country and the world.

In fact, if the attempt is a success, you will hopefully find many other professionals will attempt to do the same, which could create a lot of awareness about the work of tree surgeons. Anything which shows another side to the profession and reinforces the fact that it is not just about chopping down trees will be a good thing for all concerned.