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Road / public safety

hi all

i was just wondering what safety precautions people use when working on footpaths ...say trimming overhanging trees above where people are walking ?

the same question with regards to working near roads , i was trimming connifer branches back that had grew onto a road the other day which got me thinking i need to improve my h and s. 

cones , corden the area off ?? any signs ?


cheers guys Neal

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    I always find working in these situations works best with Two people with one acting as lookout , assisting , removing any waste out of harms way . 

    I am extra cautious even when simply trimming a hedge on the pedestrian walkway , I dont feel its enough to simply put up a warning sign and trust the pedestrian to be careful , I will always stop until pedestrians are safely out of the way . 

    One thing you have to watch out for are the zombies looking at their mobile phone screens while walking , seemingly oblivious to their environment they can fall down manholes or trip over any obstacle . 

    Make sure your P.L covers you for felling and lopping long branches over roads , i usually get a tree surgeon involved . 

    • cheers john

    • Excellent advice John, I'd go along with all of that.  Although we see it all of the time, it is never worth taking chances with public safety as well as our own.

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