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Work at height dangers promoted after unsafe tree cutting case

20th July 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has highlighted the dangers of working at height after the prosecution of a Lincolnshire landscape gardener.

John Holland was fined £4,000 with costs of £2,000 after a hearing at Spalding Magistrates Court.

It heard that he and an employee were felling a tree in Deeping St James in August last year despite not being qualified to use a chainsaw.

Neither of the men were wearing protective clothing and safety equipment was not utilised in order to prevent a fall. The pair were spotted by a neighbour who was trained in assessing chainsaw work, and he reported his findings to the HSE.

Neil Ward, an inspector with the HSE, said that working at height carries "significant risks and all necessary precautions should be taken to prevent a fall".

This could include the use of a harness, ladders and ropes, while health and safety signage can alert passers-by of work going on up above.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801411640-ADNFCR


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