Wednesday, August 13, 2008

ISA HK/China --- CICTA BLS Program

Dear Station Members & Public,

After nearly a year of preparation, the Basic Landscaping Skills (BLS) program conducted at CICTA is finally ready for public participation. The details of the course are attached for anyone interested. Anyone may also follow this link to apply:

BLS is yet another Govt effort to upgrade the landscaping skills of our greenery workers, & will be conducted by the Station Manager for the first session, & Ken So of CAHK for the second & third session. This program is different from the Tree Supervision Course previously designed in that there will be an exam at the end of the training. Participants will have to learn & study hard to posses the knowledge to sit for the exam.

This program was designed not only for workers in our industry, but also for supervisors, landscape professionals & company bosses because the knowledge contained is universal & practical. References have been made from international practices to combine with our local condition to achieve the best possible solution to upgrade the existing skills. Candidates would learn the right & wrong in their conventional procedures, & why. The objective of the training is to aim for improving the quality of work in our landscape, with feasible practices & procedures. Anyone, whether laymen or experienced, should come to compare their knowledge in this program & test himself/herself. Candidates are expected to find themselves re-organized & refreshed with the latest knowledge which will in turn upgrade the image of the profession & the quality of work to benefit our society.

We are expecting keen participation for the BLS program, & maybe even more enthusiastic than the running Tree Supervision Course. In the Tree Supervision Course, we have seen candidates joining just for knowledge & not anything else. The BLS program is suitable for hobbyists, tree lovers, conservationists, horticulturists & management staff other than landscape workers. It may attain full house many times once it is publicized.

Therefore, for anyone interested, please apply at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment. One contractor has already told this Station that they will wrap up classes.

Looking forward to your participation soonest.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager

Monday, August 11, 2008

IS AHK/China --- HK Tree News (Tree Work Accident in Sai Kung)

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Dear Station Members,

Only last Sunday that the Station Manager has learned of a chainsaw accident on a HYD contractor who cut his forearm & had to be stitched 9 times in hospital, below is another case of Tree Work Accident where the victim had two toes trapped by a fallen limb during a regular pruning exercise. The tow toes were eventually removed & were left behind in his shoe.

From the internet news below, a tree worker climbed to remove a 6 inch limb on a Ficus elastica on 7.8.08 in Sai Kung. While the broken limb did not fall in the desired direction, it was said to be snapped off by the wind to drop right on to his left foot. The edges of the falling limb cut into the canvas shoe of the worker & he lost two toes upon injury. It must have been a horrifying scene there indeed.

Without further evidence available, the following questions could be investigated for the event:

1. Was this worker trained & equipped with proper PPE & Climbing Equipment to do his work?

2. Did he have a plan before his work? Was this plan safe & acceptable by industry standards?

3. Was he cutting with the approved cutting technique?

4. Did he anticipate the risks & prepare for them?

5. Did he follow our CAP 509 OSHO procedures for work & safety?

6. If the answer to any of the above question is no, would the insurance company find an excuse to turn down his claim?

Tree Work is full of risks. It can not be casually performed by someone not properly trained & equipped. If safety rules are not observed, accident is a very probable alternative. International & local incidents have proven this fact again & again.

Yet there are hardly any training centre to offer proper tree work in the public sector besides CICTA & TCHK. Attendance for training is also voluntary. CICTA training also does not involve practical sessions so far as well, like tree climbing & chainsaw operation.

Then now, what should we do?

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager

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