Health and safety of our staff, clients and community is of the utmost importance to DS Trees. We have robust systems around safety including hazard analysis, accident and near miss reporting and management, Tool Box Meetings, equipment checks as well as staff training and participation. These systems have helped us maintain and excellent track record for workplace incidents.
Health and Safety
Tree work and arboriculture can be potentially a hazardous occupation. At DS Trees we understand this and take our responsibilities very seriously. Health and safety is a complex subject with multiple areas that need to be considered.
We ensure all staff are of a clear understanding of their health and safety needs.
Our Health and safety policy is updated with current legislations and procedures.
All DS Trees Staff undergo a thorough induction process for safety when using equipment and machinery 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 on request by our clients.
DS Trees 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 that staff members learn from the experience. Elimination of any similar future near miss situations is critical to worker safety. It is a requirement of our Staff and worksafe that all near miss and accidents are recorded , and we have an register of record for all reports , and an option for clients to have there own copy.
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 DS Trees 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. DS Trees carries out random testing and is willing to make staff available for external testing if required for external contracts.
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. DS Trees emergency procedures are covered in our staff inductions and are highly visible and displayed in our main office alongside our operational policies. Every staff member has a copy of our health and safety manual.
Tool Box meetings require a note of the nearest Hospital or accident and emergency location.
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.