Induction

Description of different kinds of work
How you learn
Policies and procedures

BACKGROUND TO CROWS
Website and blog
Constitution
How we fit in with Countryside service and RoW
Basic RoW law
Local groups we work with

DESCRIPTION OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF WORK

Cutting back
The purpose is to remove vegetation which obstructs or may potentially obstruct route in next two years:

Soft such as grass bracken nettles and balsam use slashers and hand shears
Medium soft such as heather brambles use shears and loppers ( or strimmer)
Medium hard eg shrubs and small over hanging branches use loppers and pruning saws
Hard e.g. think overhanging branches use tree or bow saw

Safety

Slashers – only use tight gloves 9loose gloves can come off when you swing

Work away from other people not towards them
Occasionally change hand/action to not overuse the same tendons/muscles etc
Learn how to use tools effectively
Saws – handle and carry carefully – common accident is saw cuts
When cutting branches think about where it will fall in relationship to yourself and other people

Drainage

The purpose is to remove water and mud from the route and where possible identity and deal with source of the problem.

Safety

Never work in water over one foot depth
When using mattocks or azads be aware of others when swinging
Learn how to use tools effectively
Be aware of mud flying eg into eyes

Construction

The purpose – to overcome obstacles on the route e.g. by installing steps, revetments to prevent erosion, boardwalks and bridges to cross wet areas or streams, gates and stiles to traverse boundaries.

Safety

Pace yourself and get into a good position when using bar and mell – tiredness and awkwardness means more likely to injure yourself
Learn how to use tools effectively

General

Always work with someone near water or on steep slopes
Be aware of other people when carrying equipment. Especially if carrying on shoulder don’t turn round
Watch out for other people about to do something unsafe or who may be unaware of a danger
Always assume lifting something should be done by two people unless it is something that you feel is well within your capability even then always lift from the knees not your back

Way marking

The purpose is to prevent users of the route from getting lost.

Different way marks

Where to use
Getting the direction right
Installing posts and using existing places

HOW YOU LEARN

On the job
buddy

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Health and safety
First aid
Meetings
Complaints

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