Written by Joshua Mcdowell
Yarra Eco Pty Ltd
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Arboriculture in its most basic form is the study and management of trees. It’s extremely common to be greeted with a funny, confused look on people’s faces when you tell them that you’re an arborist. We usually simplify the explanation in this case, with ‘we climb and cut trees’, but is that really all there is to it?
We as arborists in Australia, work in some of the most physically and mentally challenging environments that anybody will ever work in. We have factors to contend with that most workplaces don’t have to deal with, height’s, weather and fauna being but a few. At Yarra Eco Pty Ltd, we strive to produce a much higher standard of Arborist, than just the bare minimum needed to do the work. Perfection is a make-belief reality, as there’s always room for improvement on some level, but it makes a pretty good benchmark to work towards.
Safety is our paramount priority, and for good reason. Although ‘arboriculture’ is rarely talked about on the lists of most dangerous jobs around the world (likely because people aren’t aware of what that word means), websites such as readers digest, lists logging workers and lumberjacks as the number 1 most dangerous occupation. We take every step necessary to make sure our team members, customers, and members of the general public are as protected as possible whilst in the vicinity of our work sites. We carry fire extinguishers, first aid kits and all necessary PPE to get our work done without injury or damage.
You’d think that qualifications would be a no-brainer when it comes to being suspended at height with sharp power machinery, and dropping large heavy objects, but not everybody thinks so. There’s a real problem in our industry with rogue traders who tend to undercut all of their competition on price, in order to win jobs. Oftentimes they leave a path of destruction in their wake. Cheapest is not necessarily best! We do not claim to offer the cheapest price at Yarra Eco Pty Ltd, but we do offer fantastic value for money and accountability throughout the process. All of our team members hold at least a Cert 3 in arboriculture or an international equivalent. The only exception to this rule comes in the form of our apprentice Nathan, who is currently enrolled in his Cert 3 arboriculture course at Melbourne Polytechnic and is always supervised on the job, by a qualified and experienced crew leader. In addition to our tree climbing and cutting qualifications, we boast an impressive arsenal of additional certified skills including traffic management tickets; high-risk work licenses; first aid qualifications and working with children checks.
Punctuality and professionalism are key ingredients in the creation of a Yarra Eco Pty Ltd arborist. We’d be pretty put-out if a customer made us wait around before we could start the job, or told us to attend on a certain date only to cancel at the last minute, so with that in mind there’s no way we’re going to dish out that treatment to anybody! Obviously, there are occasionally things that happen that are out of our control, and in the extremely rare case that we’re running late or a piece of equipment has broken down, we’ll keep our customer firmly in the loop.
An affinity for top quality workmanship and a desire to leave a worksite tidier than when we arrived are attributes that must be present to be climbing high with us! Nothing beats that satisfying feeling, of a spotlessly clean worksite after finishing a job. When possible, we try to keep the job site tidy during work too! A tidy site is a safer site. We leave seamlessly clean cuts on the trees that we work on, free of ‘stubs’ and ‘hangers’. We appreciate that most people won’t know what a clean cut looks like, so to explain simply, we’ll leave your trees looking like they’ve been pruned by professionals (because they have), rather than looking like they’ve been pruned by a demolition contractor.
We train our staff to make our customers feel at home, which is ironic because usually, they are at home. We’ve done away with the commonly found ‘energy drink and a cigarette’ image that we see a lot of companies sporting. We’re all about a clean uniform and a healthy attitude.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article. If you would like to discuss any of the information mentioned, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Yarra Eco Pty Ltd.