Going Up in The World

posted 21 Jun 2016, 00:26 by Tony Lane

Ready for the off - Arboricare SW Crane HireA M Lane have been contracted by Arboricare Ltd to provide RAMS (Risk Assessment & Method Statement) and Site Safety induction for a major tree removal job at Quay Street, Minehead. Crane removal of trees growing on an unstable rock face behind residential properties so that geo-technical works can proceed. AML working alongside the highly skilled team to provide a safe work site and to carry out load calculations. 
Hooked and ready to go - Colin IView from the top - AML on hook

Church & Diocese Health & Safety

posted 8 Feb 2016, 00:04 by Tony Lane

A M Lane Ltd are pleased to be working with the Diocese of Exeter's Diocesan Board of Finance on their Health and Safety compliance. The work head includes a complete review of the current H&S Policy, Organisation, Procedures and Arrangements for their main premises at the Old Deanery, Exeter. This will then expand to consider all aspects of the Diocesan work as well as outlying premises. Tony Lane will be leading on this project which came about following his voluntary H&S work with his local parish church council at St Marys Uffculme. Tony commented that "This is an interesting challenge and a departure from our normal H&S work with landbased businesses. The Diocese is a complex organisation with a mix of voluntary and paid staff together with a range of structures supporting different aspects of the Diocesan function. With the help of Sara Ashton (H&S Manager) we are hoping to inspire active participation in safety, health and welfare as well as providing a lead on H&S matters to parishes served by the Diocese". 

Robust tree safety management need not be an onerous or costly duty.

posted 11 Sept 2015, 03:42 by Tony Lane   [ updated 7 Feb 2016, 23:49 ]

QTRA Registered User
Robust tree safety management need not be an onerous or costly duty.

That you have a legal duty to manage safety from falling trees on your land is indisputable, but did you know that you are probably doing either too much or too little?

Managing safety from trees really isn't as onerous as you might think. By taking an overview of the risks and then focusing your limited resources where they will make a difference, Quantified Tree Risk Assessment can help you to discharge your legal duty without it costing the earth. QTRA will help you to maintain a sustainable tree asset and all of the associated health, landscape, conservation and historical benefits, to name but a few.

Arb Show 2015 - Bigger & Better!

posted 2 Jun 2015, 00:03 by Tony Lane

We are pleased to be leading the safety team again at the 2015 Arb Show. The show has moved to the prestigious National Arboretum at Westonbirt for 2015 and promises to be a bigger and better show than ever before. This is our 15th show and already we have been working hard to make sure we accommodate an unprecedented number of exhibitors and demonstrations for this event. Entry to the show includes a 50% discount entry into the Arboretum. This year boasts Axe Racing, technical demos on SRT, Rigging, Bracing as well as all the new toys available to cutting edge arborists. The Holford Arms are offering camping facilities for those who want to stay over and the beer is guaranteed not to run out. There is also a band there on the Friday evening.

Canal Side Tree Management

posted 9 Dec 2014, 00:37 by Tony Lane

We are just about to start the annual review of tree management inspections for the Grand Western Canal Country Park.  A M Lane Ltd have been assisting the ranger service in managing the trees alongside the canal tow path and offside embankments for over 15 years.  The canal stretches over 10 miles from Tiverton to near Holcombe Rogus and offers picturesque walks through the Devon countryside.  Stretches of the towpath pass through the villages of Sampford Peverell and Halberton on the way as well as the visitor attraction at the Tiverton Basin end of the horse drawn barge.  A M Lane use the Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) methodology to inform the management recommendations.

Royal Welsh Show Ground

posted 24 Jul 2014, 00:08 by Tony Lane   [ updated 24 Jul 2014, 00:12 ]

 A M Lane Ltd are proud to have been asked to carry out the tree survey and inspection of the impressive trees within the 140 acre show ground site at Builth Wells / Llanfair ym Muallt.  Tony Lane, our senior consultant and chartered arboricultural surveyor undertook the task of mapping and surveying the trees on this prestigious site.  Concerns had been raised following limb failures during the previous year's show.  Tony as a licensed Quantified Tree Risk Assessment practitioner was able to provide a comprehensive risk assessment of the trees and advise on proportional tree works to ensure the safety of the 250,000 visitors the show expects in 2014.  A M Lane Ltd has extensive experience in managing large areas of trees with public access beneath them across the south of England and Wales. 

22 Years of Bandages & CPR

posted 6 Jul 2014, 23:55 by Tony Lane

As part of A M Lane Ltd's continuing programme of professional development Tony has just completed his First Aid At Work Refresher course in June.  Tony has been a qualified first aider since 1993 as part of his training as a forestry skills instructor and assistant college warden, that's 22 years of maintaining his competency in providing first aid in the work place. 

Prof. Claus Mattheck - Visual Tree Assessment

posted 22 May 2014, 23:47 by Tony Lane   [ updated 22 May 2014, 23:48 ]

www.mattheck.deTony Lane attended the recent review of the Prof Claus Mattheck's work on Visual Tree Assessment seminar in Loughborough.  An incredibly informative day presented by the iconic personality that is Prof. Mattheck.  Valuable revision on how trees adapt and respond to their physical environment as well as new insights into how branches are attached, as well as why they might predictably detach.  Tony explains that 'the most technically challenging skill I have to apply is Visual Tree Assessment when I am inspecting trees, surveying and inspecting trees is therefore a key area of expertise for any aboricultural consultant'.

Royal Courts of Justice

posted 19 Dec 2013, 01:26 by Tony Lane   [ updated 19 Dec 2013, 01:28 ]

QC Wig & Gown
Tony Lane has just finished acting as an Expert Witness at a hearing held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.  The hearing lasted five days and Tony was cross-examined by a leading QC for five hours.  According to Tony 'this was both nervewracking and exciting in equal measure, a great deal of effort over the last three and half years was now focussed on this hearing.  Remaining calm, speaking clearly and thinking carefully about the questions put was key, as well as being entirely honest in my responses'.

The judgement is likely to handed down by Mr Justice Nicols early in 2014 and it is hoped that it will be an important judgement regarding the role of client as an employer of tree work contractors.

Tony was acting as an expert witness for the claimant in the case who had suffered serious spinal injuries after a fall from a tree and is not wheel chair bound.

Photo Opportunity

posted 6 Mar 2013, 00:37 by Tony Lane

Pete Karen Tony
As part of the forthcoming launch of the new AtBest website we have all had our profile photographs taken by Russell Lemon, a professional photographer at RCS Photography.  We hope to have the all new website for Atbest live by the end of March.

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