Sector Updates

Arb Show 2016

posted 21 Jun 2016, 00:46 by Tony Lane

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Yet another very successful show delivered safely. Fantastic event attracting even more through the gate than in 2016. Held at Westonbirt Arboretum again and this year with free entry into the arboretum. This year the show had to comply with the revised Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 [CDM15] which meant guiding the client through the roles of Principal Designer and then Principal Contractor. Brilliant show with loads going on, plenty of the normal exhibitors from tree surgery and climbing equipment shops to large forestry equipment. To add to the excitement we had a range of demonstrations and attractions, central ring entertainment.

We were involved in the design stage to ensure the best and safest solutions for the show infrastructure, layout and client engagement. In the construction phase we produced the Construction Phase Plan, Event Safety Plan, Event Risk Assessment, Emergency Procedures and vetted both exhibitors and suppliers. Culminating in supervising the build up phase, the two show days and oversight of the de-rig.

Looking forward to Arb Show 2017 and the Confor Woodland Show next year.

Register of Tree Work Operatives is Launched

posted 2 Jun 2015, 00:07 by Tony Lane

The 
Register of Tree Work Operatives (R2) is to be officially launched at the 2015 Arb Show to be held at Westonbirt Arboretum this year on the 5th & 6th June. We are proud to be part of the team that has brought this important innovation to reality over the last 3 years. This project has the potential to revolutionise the way we think about competency within the tree work industry, placing experience at the heart of a stepwise progression from entry level to master tree worker. Firmly aimed at the individual worker it allows members to track training, qualifications, industry and specific skills experience using a simple to use online tool. Skills and enhancements can be added as you progress with peer review and validation. Business managers can access their employees records by agreement and use this to manage individual portfolios of certification as well as have a one stop shop to demonstrate individual competency. Log on and get on with promoting your career!

Tree Work @ Height ICOP

posted 22 Feb 2015, 23:48 by Tony Lane

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The Arboricultural Association has announced the launch of the Industry Code Of Practice for Arboriculture - Tree At Height. We are proud to have been part of the development of this key piece of standard setting work within the industry, firstly in the inception of the idea for an ICOP in 2010 to support the development of a suite of technical guides, which will replace the increasingly outdated Guide To Climbing Practice. Secondly as the technical for a framework document of the development of the ICOP and finally as one of the Peer Review Group members. This is a crucial first stem in helping to better define standards for 'Tree Work at Height', providing the industry with a common language and safety standards which will support innovation as well professionalism.

ROLO Training

posted 24 Jul 2014, 06:44 by Tony Lane

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A M Lane Ltd are please to announce that they have been awarded Training Provider status to deliver the landscape industry entry level qualification in H&S.  This scheme is run by BALI and seeks to equip anyone working in the landbased industry with practical H&S knowledge.  Tony Lane is our registered instructor and brings over 20 years of hands on experience to the classroom.  For more details on course availability call or email us.  We are able to offer the course at your premises anywhere across the South of England and Wales.

13th Arb Show

posted 1 May 2014, 23:58 by Tony Lane   [ updated 2 May 2014, 00:01 ]

13th Arb Show
The Arboricultural Association is celebrating its 50th year of serving the British tree industry and being a world leader in promoting arboricultural.  We are pleased to be the Arboricultural Association's appointed Event H&S Officer for the 13th Arb Show to be held near Cirencester on Friday 6 and Saturday 7th June.
We are proud to support the AA in promoting the best in arboricultural equipment, machines, services and suppliers as well as the cutting edge technical demonstrations.  This year promises to be an exciting year with new and innovative climbing techniques on display from top tree work experts.  Once again the show is hosting the 3ATC Climbing Competitions, promoting best practices in our industry.  See the AA website for more details http://www.trees.org.uk/training-events/The-ARB-Show

As always we want to encourage the 'try before you buy' approach that the show pioneered in the early days whilst ensuring visitors and exhibitors have a safe show.

A M Lane Ltd are industry leaders in providing H&S advice to the arboricultural and vegetation management sectors.  Supporting businesses in becoming more compliant, efficient and profitable.

RTWO "New website launched!"

posted 23 Dec 2013, 08:50 by Tony Lane   [ updated 23 Dec 2013, 08:50 ]

We are pleased to announce that the R2 website has been launched, see the eshot below. Tony Lane is a founder member of the Steering Committee and is chairing the Technical Working Group tasked with developing the 'task experience' module of the register

Eshot sent by R2 on the 23rd December 2013...

What is the Register of Tree Work Operatives (R2)?

R2 is an online tool for businesses and individuals to record and demonstrate arboricultural workers’ skill, knowledge and experience. Through the register arboricultural workers will be able to easily identify which grade they are working at from set job titles in a clear progression structure. For each job there will be a pre-defined set of qualifications, training and experience that the individual must have achieved over a set time period to attain that title.

What are the benefits of R2?

One of the key beneficiaries of R2 will be individual arboricultural workers who can capture their skills, experience and training, and identify their current job grade, as well as planning their future career path. They will also be able to keep all their qualifications and certificates in one safe online record, which is accessible 24/7.

This professional register also enables businesses to efficiently manage and develop the skills of their workforce. This can support business planning, and demonstrates a skilled workforce when tendering for new contracts and business. It will also provide a motivational tool for staff to progress by allowing them to work to an industry recognised standard; helping to improve staff retention, safety and work quality.

Coming soon

To find out more about the project, and how you can get involved, please visit the new website which has a whole host of resources and information about the register:
www.r2register.co.uk

We hope you find the site informative and useful. If you have any questions or would like to find out how you can get involved, please e-mail Ros Burnley.

Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) Version 5

posted 16 Oct 2013, 00:12 by Tony Lane   [ updated 16 Oct 2013, 00:12 ]

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Tony Lane and Dan Vickridge both attended the recent update training event at Exeter University which launched the new version 5 of the QTRA Methodology.  A M Lane Ltd has used this methodology to provide a proportional target led approach to to tree risk management for their clients since 2005.  The new version has an improved degree of accuracy and is more closely aligned with the HSE's Tolerability of Risk Framework.

Tony states that "QTRA offers the best practical solution to assessing tree risk in a consistent and proportional way.  We base all our tree risk decisions on this method which provides major cost savings for our clients who avoid unnecessary tree surgery as well as peace of mind". 

The new version is to be officially launched on November 1st and A M Lane Ltd is already gearing up their tree risk database systems to accommodate the changes.

Ash Dieback & Rogue Tree Surgeons

posted 27 May 2013, 01:23 by Tony Lane   [ updated 27 May 2013, 01:23 ]

As 
As the Ash come into leaf it is possible that we will start to see which trees are in infected with the Ash Dieback disease, Chalara fraxinea.  However it is still early days and it is difficult to spot as the leaves emerge so don;t make any hasty judgements.  The Forestry Commission have provided some very useful information for home owners. landowners and contractors alike.  Follow the link to find out more.

Home owners MUST be aware that some Rogue Tree Surgeons are trying to cash in on peoples concerns.  See the following link to a brief article warning against the cold callers. Rogue Tree Surgeons

The Arb Show 2013

posted 15 Apr 2013, 01:29 by Tony Lane   [ updated 15 Apr 2013, 01:29 ]

The Arb Show 2013
This is our 12th Arb Show as the Arboricultural Association's appointed Event H&S Officer.  We have seen an massive improvement in the quality and range of exhibits and demonstrations over the last 11 years and this show looks like it will the best yet.  We are proud to support the AA in promoting the best in arboricultural equipment, machines, services and suppliers as well as the cutting edge technical demonstrations.  Once again we are very pleased to see the show hosting the 3ATC and Utility Skills Competitions, promoting best practices in our industry.  See the AA website for more details http://www.trees.org.uk/training-events/The-ARB-Show

As always we want to encourage the 'try before you buy' approach that the show pioneered in the early days whilst ensuring visitors and exhibitors have a safe show.

A M Lane Ltd are industry leaders in providing H&S advice to the arboricultural and vegetation management sectors.  Supporting businesses in becoming more compliant, efficient and profitable.

2013 Confor Woodland Show

posted 15 Apr 2013, 01:12 by Tony Lane   [ updated 15 Apr 2013, 01:15 ]

Confor Woodland Show 2013
A M Lane Ltd are proud to appointed as the Event H&S Advisers to the Confor Woodland Show held on the 12 / 13 September 2013 at Longleat Estate.  This is our seventh woodland show which has this year by popular demand has been extended to two days and is re-named the Confor Woodland Show to reflect the growing nature of this popular event. It alternates biennially with Confor's APF Exhibition and is a premier event in the woodland show calendar.

We will be covering all aspects of H&S onsite from developing the Event Safety Management Plan, Event Risk Assessment, Exhibitor and Supplier Safety Compliance as well as providing onsite Event Safety Management through the build up phase to the show close.  We aim to provide practical and safe opportunities for visitors to have a 'hands on' experience at the show whilst promoting safe working practices.

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