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Employers warned of tree dangers

27th February 2014 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

In the aftermath of "the worst winter storms for two decades", employers are being warned to be mindful of the dangers of working near trees. The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) visited Suffolk on February 26th to voice these concerns.

The event gathered together health and safety professionals, tree specialists, landowners and grounds maintenance workers. In total, over 100 people from across the UK attended the meeting at the Santon Downham Centre in Santon Downham.

Ivan Searle, event organiser for the IOSH East Anglia Branch, said: "People could be seriously hurt – especially during the severe weather conditions we have been experiencing. In strong winds and heavy rain, trees are more likely than ever to fall and cause damage."

Trees should be checked for the warning signs of falling, such as an excess of roots exposed due to soil being washed away. If these are spotted, it might be worth felling the tree in a controlled manner rather than risk injury.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801698291-ADNFCR


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