The training received through INFRA Skills means that the RSSI Arboriculture Division can complete work alongside the Rail Infrastructure and recently utilised these competencies when completing 800 metres of tree clearance at Studley Grange, due to embankment slippage across the site. Their training ensured that all the team were competent and qualified to complete the work safely and to a high standard.
RSS Infrastructure’s (RSSI) Arboriculture Division, a UK market leader in this sector, deliver highly skilled safety-critical personnel for vegetation management projects. With extensive experience in this sector, they cover a large catalogue of vegetation management including; Tree Felling, Site Clearance, Large Tree Removal, Rope Access and much more.
The RSSI Arboriculture Division are involved in many projects that require them to be able to clear vegetation on or near the line. This means they need to train their staff with the right qualifications to be able to complete the necessary work.
All staff working within the RSSI Arboriculture must hold at least a PTS to work on or near the line, although most staff have been upskilled to hold other fundamental rail competencies.
A number of internal RSSI staff have been trained by INFRA Skills, as well as external sub-contractors, so they are fully competent to work trackside. Through INFRA Skills they have developed their staff on various rail training courses including; Personal Track Safety (PTS), Controller of Site Safety (COSS), Overhead Line Equipment 1 (OLEC1), Direct Current Conductor Rail (DCCR), Track Induction and Industry Common Induction (ICI).
As well as using INFRA Skills for training purposes, they have utilised their Occupational Health services; as all personnel employed to work on the Network Rail Infrastructure must pass a Drugs and Alcohol (D&A) test and Medical Examination prior to sponsorship, as well as being subject to random D&A’s throughout their employment.