About Trees Ltd – Kent Tree Surgeon


Working at Height

Our Policies

Working at Height

This policy is designed to ensure the safety and well-being of all employees engaged in tree work at height. It applies to all tree surgery operations carried out by About Trees Ltd.

- Adhere to the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and other relevant HSE guidelines.

- Stay updated with any changes in legislation or best practices in arboriculture and tree surgery.

- Conduct thorough risk assessments for every project, as recommended by both HSE and the Arboricultural Association’s Code of Practice.

- Implement a systematic approach to identify, evaluate, and mitigate risks associated with working at height.

- Ensure all staff are adequately trained and competent in line with HSE requirements, including specific training for working at height.

- Provide regular training updates and refresher courses to maintain high safety standards.

- Comply with HSE guidance on the selection, use, and maintenance of equipment for working at height, including personal protective equipment (PPE).

- Regularly inspect and maintain all equipment used for tree work at height.


- Develop and implement standard operating procedures (SOPs) for various tree work activities, including those highlighted in the Industry Code of Practice.

- Review and update SOPs regularly to incorporate new techniques and safety guidelines.

- Establish and regularly update emergency response plans, including aerial rescue protocols.

- Ensure easy access to first aid equipment and trained personnel on every site.

- Prioritise physical and mental health by providing support for work-related stress and physical strain associated with tree work at height.

- Integrate environmental considerations into operational planning, ensuring minimal ecological impact and compliance with environmental laws.

- Implement a robust incident reporting system and conduct thorough investigations into any incidents to identify root causes and prevent recurrence.

- Maintain high standards of quality in all tree work at height.

- Engage with customers to provide transparent information about operational procedures and safety measures.

- Regularly review the effectiveness of the working at height policy and practices.

- Encourage feedback from employees to continuously improve safety standards.