The risk to the public of tree fall

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Abstract:

This paper is concerned with the quantification of tree risk to the British public as a whole; with factors which influence actual risk, such as location and meteorology; and with perceived risk which can be a driver of control actions. The emergent risk is found to be very small and the perceptual factors examined do not support anything other than a proportionate approach to safety management. Policy implications are discussed.

Keywords: arboriculture; policy; public safety; risk; risk perception; trees

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2012.737827

Affiliations: School of Science and Technology,Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management, Middlesex University, London, UK

Publication date: February 1, 2013

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