East Devon Tree Care are able to offer a tree risk assessment service based on the QTRA principles of risk assessment.
What is QTRA? A non-technical summary
Tree safety management is a matter of limiting the risk of significant harm from tree failure whilst maintaining the benefits conferred by trees. Although it may seem counter intuitive, the condition of trees should not be the first consideration. Instead, tree managers should consider first the usage of the land on which the trees stand, which in turn will inform the process of assessing the trees.
The Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) system applies established and accepted risk management principles to tree safety management. Firstly, the targets (people and property) upon which trees could fail are assessed and quantified, thus enabling tree managers to determine whether or not and to what degree of rigour a survey or inspection of the trees is required. Where necessary, the tree or branch is then considered in terms of both impact potential (size) and probability of failure. Values derived from the assessment of these three components (target, impact potential and probability of failure) are combined to calculate the probability of significant harm occurring.
The system moves the management of tree safety away from labelling trees as either ‘safe’ or ‘unsafe’, thereby requiring definitive statements of tree safety from either tree surveyors or tree managers. Instead, QTRA quantifies the risk of significant harm from tree failure in a way that enables tree managers to balance safety with tree value and operate to a predetermined limit of reasonable or acceptable risk.
Tree Owners Liability
Owners of trees have a legal responsibility to ensure that their trees are in a safe condition. This is of paramount importance especially if the trees in question overhang a neighbouring property, a highway or public right of way, in order to limit the risk of damage or injury caused to a member of the public or their property. If you wish to instruct someone to carry out an inspection on your trees you need to ensure that the person inspecting those trees can demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge to do so.