Storm damage? Always call in the experts
Last week’s storms caused considerable devastation in parts of the country, with fallen trees and branches a particular problem. Emergency tree work is complex but it may be tempting to have a go at cutting up fallen branches or try to move smaller trees yourself, especially if debris is blocking your drive or garden path. Our advice is DON’T – and this is firmly emphasised by the HSE.
Recognising the temptation to have a go at DIY tree removal and save yourself some money – especially if you think you’re handy with a saw, or even a chainsaw – the HSE has issued a warning to people not to do this, as it is potentially extremely dangerous.
Fallen trees can be unstable and weigh a significant amount, they say on their website, explaining that any unexpected movement of trees or branches can have fatal results. There are also high risks associated with the use of chainsaws, and mechanised methods of removal, such as grapple saws and tree shears, are recommended.
The planning and carrying out of any emergency tree work should always be done by a competent person with the necessary training and insurance. So if you are a tenant, speak to your letting agent or landlord in the first instance. They will be able to arrange for the work to be done. If you are a leaseholder, contact your managing agent and they will appoint specialist contractors to tackle the problem.
If trees or branches have damaged the property you own or rent, take photographs of the damage and contact your insurer as soon as possible to start the claims process.
Author : Maryanne Bowring
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