Tree Cutter
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Tree Cutter

Date: 07-Aug-2019

Location: Waterbeach (Cambs), Cambridge, GB


Tree Cutter

Reporting to

Area Tree Managers


Waterbeach - Cambridge

Business Unit and Department

Network Operations Eastern Region

Employment Period


Contract Type

Collective Agreement


£20,569 per annum



Closing 23rd August 2019


Please note Powercare terms & conditions apply inclusive of black rock pension


All applications will be reviewed after the closing date


This is a great opportunity for someone who wishes to build a career in a large company that will support you in moving up the career ladder with a heap of benefits along the way.



  • We offer fully paid training to give you the recognised qualifications you need to progress your career at UKPN
  • Paid Annual leave
  • Personal Pension Plan
  • Occupational Health support
  • Switched On – scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.
  • Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres
  • Discounted access to sports and social clubs
  • Employee Assistance Programme.


UK Power Networks:

UK Power Networks owns and maintains electricity cables and lines across London, the South East and East of England.  We maintain and upgrade power equipment as well as move and connect new electricity cables.

UK Power Networks is the first company to win the prestigious Utility of the Year Award two years running and was named one of the top large companies (Sunday Times Top 30) to work for in the country for the third successive year.


Job Purpose:

The role of the Tree Cutter exists to ensure safe and effective vegetation management around power lines and associated equipment to improve both Quality of Supply and Customer satisfaction.



  • Carry out both planned and reactive Utility Arb Tree Cutting operations at all voltages in all Areas across the whole Region
  • Be available to carry out fault related tree cutting when and where required across the whole region
  • Provide excellent customer service and satisfaction
  • Cut to a high standard to meet requirements of BS 3998 and G55/3
  • Work towards achieving zero harm


Principal Accountabilities:

  • Carry out various tree cutting operations as requested utilising techniques from Ground, Aerial(climbing) and MEWP
  • Carry out on site specific risk assessments
  • Comply with all relevant UKPN safety policies and procedures
  • All work to comply to G55/2 and cutting to meet requirements of BS3998
  • Utilise all required Personal Protective Equipment
  • Maintain a high level of health and safety awareness for both their self, their colleagues and members of the public at all times
  • Understands tree growth characteristics and demonstrates sound tree risk assessment skills
  • Uses and maintains vehicles, chippers, chainsaws, hand saws and other arboricultural hand tools in accordance with industry safe practice
  • Understands and develops knowledge associated with working around electrical equipment
  • Reports for work at the local office or designated work site on time each day
  • Manage work loads efficiently and to time.
  • Demonstrate and provide high level of customer service at all times
  • Carry out any other duties as requested by your Line Manager
  • Attendance at monthly Face 2 Face Briefings.


Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Relevant NPTC (or equivalent) Certification including UA1, UA2.1, UA2.2, UA2.3, CS30, CS31, CS32, CS38, CS39, CS40, CS41, CS47
  • Utility cutting experience preferred
  • Basic First Aid certificate
  • Full Driving Licence
  • Signing, Lighting and Guarding (Chapter 8) certification
  • Ability to work in a pressured environment as part of a highly focused team.
  • Trained in the use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) IPAF or equivalent
  • LANTRA or equivalent Brushwood Chipper Operations
  • Experience working in a customer focussed environment
  • Team working – The drive and ability to work co-operatively with others to achieve shared goals and optimise the contribution of all members of the team.
  • Training will be provided for the right candidates who do not hold all qualifications


Measures of Success:

  • Reduction in the expenditure on non contract cyclical cutting works
  • No complaints.
  • No Electricity Guaranteed Standards failures.
  • No Street Works Act failures.
  • Robust attendance to out of normal hours faults.
  • Ensure attendance to Face 2 Face on a monthly basis.
  • To achieve zero days lost due to accidents.
  • To achieve minimal non-lost time accidents each year.


Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.


Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied. 


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