Safety and Staff Competence

CATS are members of several contractor audit schemes including arbnet and safe contractor to allow our customers peace of mind that the services we provide meet the latest requirements in legislation, staff training and environmental impact.

We work closely with our clients to ensure the continuous monitoring and development of our operations to ensure the latest Health and Safety requirements are met.


Due to the diverse and complicated nature of our work an initial site visit will always be carried out to assess the risks and requirements involved with each individual job. CATS can advise, manage and implement all traffic management/public protection or any further safety measures as required to ensure our work is carried out safely.


A site specific risk assessment will always be carried out prior to work commencing on site. This will provide information to both the client and staff on the risks associated with the works and the control measures which are to be implemented. Where clients require, a detailed method statement and Health and Safety plan, this will be provided.


Public protection requirements and control measures to be taken on site will be noted in the works instruction sheet or method statement. All signs, barriers and notices installed to protect the public will conform to New Roads & Street Works Act 1991 Chapter 8 for works on the public highways or as appropriate.


At CATS we will ensure all climbing and lifting equipment used is subjected to a thorough inspection every six months by a nominated competent person in accordance to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations [LOLER].


All plant and equipment used will meet current PUWER regulations and only be used by personnel who hold current certification or recognised training for the equipment.
Our staff are trained to a high level in various disciplines including:

  • Chainsaw use and tree felling
  • Tree climbing and aerial recue
  • Tree pruning and sectional dismantling
  • Use of machinery inc. wood chippers, Forestry tractors, Hiab loaders, winches
  • First Aid at work and Commercial risk assessment
  • CSCS
  • PTS

We currently use various different organisations for training including:

  • NPTC
  • LANTRA
  • IPAF
  • IRATA

Copies of our Operational procedures, Company Risk Assessments, or proof of staff competence are available on request.

Please call us on 01524 843568 or 07720 893634 or email info@treesurgeonlancaster.co.uk to discuss your requirements.

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