Frequently Asked Questions

What insurance should a tree surgeon have?

Having specialist tree surgeon insurance means that the cover is designed specifically for people working in the arboriculture industry, which can also be tailored to meet your business requirements. It is important to select an insurer and broker who understand the industry and associated requirements. We offer a range of covers under our specialised product. For a personalised quote or to discuss further, our advisers are ready to help on 0113 259 3560.

Do tree surgeon insurance companies have a height limit?

Some insurers do stipulate a height limit. At Arborisk, you have the option to have no height restrictions. Find out more.

How much public liability should a tree surgeon have?

Arborisk core cover includes £5million limit of indemnity, with an option to extend to £10million. Find out more.

How to secure tree surgeon equipment?

Arborist businesses are prone to theft of vehicles and equipment, due to the high value of these items. Millions of pounds of equipment are estimated to be stolen every year. Make sure that equipment is stored in a secure premise, with added security measures if possible, such as CCTV. For handheld tools, do not leave in vans overnight and remember to close doors and lock vehicles when on a job. Our guide provides some advice on security.

How dangerous is tree surgery?

Working at heights with dangerous power tools, and falling debris means tree surgeons do face more risks than the average business. However, many skilled and trained professionals across the sector put in place effective procedures to minimise these risks. The Health & Safety Executive has essential health & safety advice on their website to encourage best practice.

Do arborists need an accident book?

Accident books makes records about workplace incidents and injuries. This helps to effectively manage and assess risks, to reduce incidents occurring again. Most are colour coded, red, amber, green to clearly identify the level of risk. Find out more information from The Health & Safety Executive on reporting accidents.

What are the main tree work injuries?

Government figures show that the majority of serious or fatal injuries are due to chainsaws, being hit by a tree, or as a result of a fall. Training and following safety advice and not working alone can minimise the risk of injury.

Are site risk assessments needed for tree surgeons?

Site risk assessments help to mitigate risks that could occur. By considering possible risks before the job commences, steps can be taken to reduce the possibility of incidents occurring for you and your employees. HSE have a helpful video on the subject.

How to ensure safe working practices during Covid-19?

The Arboricultural Association has produced a handy guide to ensure you stay safe during these unprecedented working times. The guide offers advice, based on government guidelines, enabling you to continue your business, but keep yourself, staff and customer safe.

What Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should I be wearing as a tree surgeon?

PPE helps to protect tree surgeons against workplace accidents. Use the appropriate equipment for the job, this could include hard hats, high-visibility clothing, steel cap boots, ear plugs. Find out more about PPE.

Do I have to do Health & Safety training?

It is a legal requirement for employers to train all their staff on health & safety. Ensure supervision of new employees were reasonably practical and training is offered for new skills. Employers should ensure their staff are competent in what they are being asked to do. For more information on H&S training at HSE.

Do I need professional qualifications to be a tree surgeon?

There are professional qualifications for tree surgeons, such as LANTRA or NPTC certification, ensuring tree surgeons follow best practice when undertaking jobs. Qualifications held should be relevant to the work undertaken, this may result in a discount for arborist insurance.

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