Arboricultural Ground worker Cs45

Courses are delivered to give the candidate the knowledge & practical skill to achieve certificates of competence by assessment by bodies such as NPTC City & Guilds.

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Awarded certificates of competence are widely recognised by both sector employers and the health & safety executive

This unit covers the working operation expected of the person working on the ground assisting the climber. Skills include setting out the site, sending the saw and other equipment up to the climber, operating lowering equipment, breaking down crown sections, handling and stacking arisings

Course content

Knowledge of what is involved in a Risk Assessment.

Knowledge of the legal and environmental factors that may be present on the work site.

Effective communication systems with the climber and other persons on site.

Pass equipment to the climber in the tree.

Assist in the lowering of branch material.

Break down crown sections in preparation for chipping or stacking.

Methods to deal with arisings / waste material as appropriate for disposal procedure and transport.

  • Plan the job with the climber before the work starts and be aware of the tasks involved. On busy sites consider dedicating a specific member of the ground staff to each climber.
  • Maintain effective communication with climbers at all times.
  • Maintain concentration and watch the climbers. Anticipate their needs, passing up tools and other equipment when required.
  • Keep climbing and work ropes on the ground free of knots, kinks, tangles, branch wood and clear of machinery. Keep ropes in safe positions, eg away from obstructions, vehicles, equipment and the public.
  • Ensure the precautions taken to exclude the public and traffic from the work area are maintained while work is in progress.
  • Keep tools and equipment which are not in use away from the immediate work area.
  • Control working ropes, but do not wrap a rope around any part of the body to gain extra grip or purchase.
  • Continually assess the operation and modify the work plan and risk assessment if you need to. If you are unsure, stop the work and re-assess the operation.