BACKGROUND – AN OVERVIEW OF THE CURRENT SITUATION
RSS Infrastructure (RSSI) have been undertaking vegetation management work for Colas for around 2 years, delivering on a number of projects that involved working on the rail infrastructure and interfacing directly with members of the public.
The RSSI Arb operatives all had knowledge and experience in conforming with Network Rail’s 7 metre
vegetation clearance standard, resulting in a diverse range of competencies needed to complete the works. Due to the nature of the works, RSSI Arb office based teams needed to have extensive Arboriculture
experience and those involved in field work needed to hold a diverse range of competencies ranging from low level land-based tickets, such as brush cutter and hedge trimmer, to Level 3 award in aerial tree rigging and severing uprooted or windblown trees using a chainsaw. The entire RSSI Arb workforce also undergo a
stringent reference process to ensure that all of their qualifications/competencies are valid and in date.
CONCLUSION – BENEFIT TO THE CLIENT
To meet the requirements for successful delivery of the project, RSSI invested significantly in a wide array of specialised forestry equipment including; chippers from road tows for highway work through to tracked whole tree chippers and excavators for larger site clearance work. The company also acquired a number of off-road vehicles including Unimog equipped with chip and remove facility as well as technical rigging equipment and winches. All of the equipment undergoes rigorous compliance checks to ensure that it complies with the LOLER and PUWER regulations. All check sheets are updated on a daily/weekly/monthly basis and copies are held by both field operatives and with office personnel.