Tree-felling lessons a must for safety

2018-10-30 06:00
Reagan Adams (in the tree) demonstrates tree-felling safety measures to City colleagues and the CCID’s Straatwerk team.PHOTO: CCID

Reagan Adams (in the tree) demonstrates tree-felling safety measures to City colleagues and the CCID’s Straatwerk team.PHOTO: CCID

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The Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) Urban Management Department has joined forces with the City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department to provide tree-felling training to the CCID’s Straatwerk team – one of the CCID’s NGO partners with which it creates work opportunities­.

Richard Beesley, manager of CCID Urban Management, says: “We recently bought power tools to enable our Straatwerk gardening maintenance team to cut big trees as well as undertake their normal day-to-day landscaping activities. We strive to provide an overall clean, attractive and risk-reduced urban environment in the CBD for everyone to enjoy, but before this, the team had only been able to cut mostly small dead trees.”

Beesley says to prepare and upskill the team properly they enlisted the help of City Parks as they are highly skilled and experienced in tree felling. “One needs to understand the dynamics of the tree, decide on the safest method to cut it based on how a branch is hanging, and most importantly, communicate with the rest of the team.”

The introductory tree-felling training was conducted at the Company’s Garden by Reagan Adams, supervisor at City Parks, with assistance from his team. The training at the Company’s Garden involved four members from the Straatwerk gardening maintenance team climbing a tall tree to remove the top limbs first and controlling the landing of the limbs to avoid injuring people and damaging property nearby. CCID Urban Management will next send the four members from Straatwerk for job shadowing at City Parks for a week as part of the training.

Adams says: “The chainsaw that we use to cut trees moves at a speed of 3000 revolutions per minute, so you can just imagine what would happen if someone uses it incorrectly­.”

He says the training creates awareness about using protective equipment.

General manager for operations at Straatwerk, James Mandean, adds the training is necessary to avoid endangering the lives of fellow workers and pedestrians and even damaging property which could result in litigation.

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