Tree Surgery

PPE

The Landscape Gardeners

Anyone who uses a chainsaw is using a potentially lethal piece of equipment than can cause serious injury or death. So, in addition to strict training, all chainsaw users must utilise the correct personal protective equipment (PPE).

Below is a list of the PPE you should expect every Tree Surgeon to use when carrying out work at your property.

  • A safety helmet conforming to EN 397. If climbing using a rope and harness, the helmet must have a chin strap. All helmets have a life span of 5 years and then MUST be replaced. The helmet must incorporate ear protection complying with EN 352.
  • Eye protection must be worn. This can be either a mesh visor on the helmet conforming to EN 1731 or glasses to EN 166.
  • Gloves must be worn, with protective guarding on the top of the left hand to EN 381-7.
  • Leg protection must be worn, incorporating clogging material to EN381-5.
  • Protective boots must be worn, incorporating clogging material at the front vamp and instep. They must also have good grip and comply with EN345-2.
  • Each person should carry a personal first aid kit to include a large wound dressing.
  • A whistle should always be carried by each operative to alert others in case of an emergency.

The approximate cost to kit out one operative with the above PPE is in the region of £380.00.

Climbing equipment is also classed as PPE. All tree climbing equipment and lowering equipment is covered, by law, by the HSE and LOLER regulations. This includes ropes, harnesses, karabiners and all associated equipment to do with climbing and lowering.

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