Health & Safety

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our staff, clients and community is of the utmost importance.

We have robust systems around safety including hazard analysis, accident and near miss reporting and management, frequent meetings, equipment checks as well as staff training and participation. These systems have helped us maintain and excellent track record for workplace incidents.

Safety standards

All our systems, forms and procedures are audited regularly both internally and externally.

All our staff undergo a thorough safety induction and ongoing training both internally and with external organisations such as Primary ITO, Wintec and Pro Climb.

Safety first!

Tree work and arboriculture is potentially a hazardous occupation. At Tree King we understand this and take our responsibilities very seriously. Health and safety is a complex subject with multiple areas that need to be considered.

Our Policy

Our health and safety policy is essential requirement for our modern health and safety systems. Our health and safety policy is highly visible and displayed in our main office alongside our operational policies and emergency procedures. Our crews maintain a health and safety policy documents in their operational crew file. A copy of our policy is available on request.


All Tree King Staff undergo a thorough induction process when they join the company. This process includes reviewing and understanding our health and safety manual as well as relevant codes of practice and an introduction to our safe work procedures. We provide one-on-one training for any specialised equipment that staff members are expected to use.
In addition, we understand the importance of making staff available to be inducted by our commercial clients.

Hazard analysis

Hazard analysis is a key part of health and safety. Our crews are trained to undertake a full hazard analysis of all sites where work will be carried out. Everyone on site is made aware of the hazards and how the risk will be mitigated. A copy of our on-site hazard analysis is available to our clients on request.

Tree King also keeps an extensive register of workplace hazards and how they can be minimised, isolated or eliminated.

Near miss reporting

Near miss reporting is another essential part of health and safety. It is vitally important that near misses are properly reported to ensure staff learn from the experience. Elimination of any similar future near miss situations is critical to worker safety. Our staff members are encouraged to report everything and management understand that a lack of near miss reporting is usually a sign of bad reporting rather than a lack of incidents.

Accident reporting

The goal of accident reporting is always to prevent the incident reoccurring. Any serious harm incident is reported to Worksafe New Zealand (formerly OSH) so the matter can be externally investigated if required.

First Aid

All Tree King staff undergo regular first aid training and every crew has a qualified first aider and first aid kit. First aid kits are regularly checked and replenished. Each kit has a detailed checklist to ensure it always has what is needed.

Drug and alcohol testing

Drugs and alcohol have no place within the workplace. Tree King carries out random testing and is willing to make staff available for external testing if required for external contracts.

Staff participation

This is a vital part of Tree King’s health and safety strategy. We hold weekly meetings with both management and operational staff to ensure everyone has a voice. This meeting process includes the discussion of new hazards, near misses, or accidents which have happened that week as well as new ideas and equipment requests. We have found these meetings extremely beneficial in developing a strong culture of continuous improvement within Tree King.

Safe work procedures

Good procedures are an important part of our staff organisation and help to streamline the training process. We have developed safe work procedures for all major equipment and staff members are introduced to these during their initial induction. Procedures for any new machinery are developed with the help of the supplier or manufacturer.

Emergency procedures

Emergency procedures are something everyone must know but hopefully never have to use. Tree King’s emergency procedures are covered in our staff inductions and are highly visible and displayed in our main office alongside our operational policies. Our arborist crews maintain a health and safety policy document in their operational crew file.

Vehicle and equipment checks

Frequent vehicle and equipment checks are essential for both health and safety and general performance. These checks are undertaken and recorded by operational staff then reviewed by management. Where practical trucks and machinery are assigned to an individual to ensure maintenance is kept up to date.


“Great job by the Tree King lads removing our enormous Washingtonian palm and tidying up the trees on our section. Arrived exactly on time, job was completed quickly and to a very high standard. Would definitely recommend them and will be using their services again in the future :)”

September 2018

“…. I can not speak highly enough of the professionalism and efficiency of the crew. The tree work was not straight forward, however it was clear from the outset that the crew had taken the time to think through the logistics and details of the job…..”

November 2018

“We have been working with Tree King for the last five years.  During this time we have found them efficient, co-operative and very safety conscience during any tree removal.  They are polite and professional to deal with.  We thoroughly recommend Tree King and its staff for a great job well done.”

Sampson & Stewart Builders Ltd

“Great job as usual, polite guys, cleaned up well and left the place looking great.”

October 2018

“Luke & team have been regularly maintaining our hedges for a couple of years. Great results, reliable & all round nice guys.”

April 2018

“….This is the second time we have used them for tree cutting, crown lifting, shaping and hedge cutting on a large scale. They are very professional, courteous, on time, tidy and produce the service and results they said they would….”

November 2018

“Very happy, responded to query fast with quote, job was done very well and garden immaculately tidy afterwards. Definitely recommend.”

October 2018