When searching for a tree surgeon, many people base their decisions on price alone. However many fail to realise unqualified and uninsured tree surgeons can end up costing far more in the long run. In a recent interview in Horticulture weekly, founder of goodtreesurgeon.co.uk Andy Hancock discusses the pitfalls of ‘cowboy’ tree surgeons, stating:
“… Their insurance, if they have any, is unlikely to be valid if there is an issue. People should look for NPTC certificates. The biggest problem is people hire an arb contractor and an incident occurs, the person who instructed the incident is work is also potentially liable – and claims can run into the hundreds of thousands if a tree on their property caused damage to others.”
Reputable tree surgeons actually operate with not one, but 3 separate types of insurance: professional indemnity, public liability, and employers liability. Tree surgery.com has produced a helpful list of these insurances and what they mean for both the tree surgeon and your works.
If you want to make sure you have reputable, safe, and fully insured works – don’t hesitate to contact PJ Chaffin today! We have the full complement of insurance as well as a number of industry recognised certifications – including membership of the Arboricultural Association.