Seeking Safety in Forestry
Posted on: 9th February 2021
Being such a hazardous industry, it goes without saying that those working in forestry and arboriculture require the right cover. From the use of high risk machinery to working alone or at height, forestry exposes operators to many potential dangers, and with Scotland and the North of England proving to be regions increasingly active in forestry, H&H Insurance Brokers are keen to emphasise the imperative need to ensure that you and your staff are totally covered, should the worst happen. Due to the high risks and dangers associated with the forestry and arboriculture sector, there has been a scarcity of specific expertise and knowledge which has resulted in limited access to insurance policies that fully meets the industry’s requirements.
Following increased demand across the area over the years, however, H&H Insurance Brokers have researched the market and grown its services to now offer tailored and niche support for the forestry and arboriculture industry. Natalie Carr, Account Executive at H&H Insurance Brokers, highlights why: “When things go wrong within this industry in particular, the stakes are often extremely high in more ways than one. Tragically, serious injuries and fatal accidents within the sector are not uncommon, which is why it is so profoundly important to consider the safety of all workers at every possible stage in each process. From tree surgeons and arborists to contractors and groundworkers, risks can present themselves in many ways.
“Given this year has already presented the majority of us with considerable challenges and uncertainty, now more than ever we need to be certain that operators within this high-risk industry are not exposed to any unnecessary hazards. At H&H Insurance Brokers we have a strong background in agriculture and forestry, and can support your business to ensure that you and your employees are fully protected. Our ultimate aim is to help reduce the risk of an incident occurring, to the lowest possible level.”
Finding the right insurance policy in the industry can often prove challenging, as insurers may place restrictions on height limits and values of machinery. However, with their access to truly specialist markets for this trade, H&H Insurance Brokers reports a growing base of clients of tree surgeons, forestry businesses, and arboriculture specialist, who seek specific policies which account for their higher risk.
Considering key ways to safeguard your business and workers, Natalie continues: “Ensuring risk assessments are all correct and necessary legislation is up to date is essential, as well as including all site-specific liability documentation. Additionally, given our position as an independent broker, we’ve even been able to cover younger drivers on forestry machinery and vehicles, which is great news given the current context. It means young people won’t be locked out of the arboriculture job market because businesses are worried about insurance.”
For specialist advice call Natalie direct on 07595 067858 or email her with your enquiry.