Post by Sam Plusnet
We recently had the tree sturgeons in to do a couple of jobs.
One of them lent a ladder against a tall but quite slender eucalyptus
tree & climbed to the top.
The tree bent over quite a way under the extra loading.
I had to all-but physically restrain Wofe from going out there and...
she never has any idea quite what she should do, but finds to urge to
charge out and interfere nigh on irresistible.
A neighbour of mine, after having been ripped off by itinerants
(they had invented a story that there had been complaints, and he
had to let them do the work) who left him with unbelievably
mangled eyesores of trees, plus all the trimmings for him to
dispose of, apparently went with a garden landscape firm to clear
the lot, sort out the mess and give the plot a bit of a makeover.
They had a reasonably large conifer to bring down, without room
to drop it in one. I saw no goggles, ear defenders, or safety
clothing in evidence whilst using a chain saw. An extended
sectional ladder rested against the tree, but wasn't secured to
it. There was some form of primitive personal safety loop, but it
was only clipped to the ladder, the top rung of which rested
insecurely against the curve of the trunk.
As they worked down from the top, the chain saw was deployed at
about head height but, having no goggles, the operator was
showered with sawdust and had to look away from the cut.
Meanwhile the second man had to leave his position footing the
ladder to heave on the rope hoping to persuade the section to
fall the right way. Occasionally it did.
To my surprise they survived, but that is simply not the way to
do it. At almost every stage they progressed in such a tentative
way, that it seemed to me that they were way out of their depth.
Chris J Dixon Nottingham
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