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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.