Posted: 18/10/2015 at 06:32
1. Danger of accidents with the machine, slips and falls down the slope, danger to myself and others from losing control.
2. I use my experience, training and judgement about what slope would be safe to work on - possibly use a strimmer, depending on the vegetation, but anything thicker than rough grass use hand tools. Check my insurance. If in any doubt about safety, tell the customer it's not possible, and why.
3. Slips, falls due lack of balance or insecure foothold. Machine might be too heavy or not capable of being used at the correct angle.
4. Anti-gravity app! Otherwise, sheep and goats don't do a bad job.
5. Go back to basics - why do I need to clear this slope, or is it just a whim? If I clear this slope, will it still be a hard job for the future to keep it clear or pretty?
6. Depends on size of job, location, steepness, vegetation.
7. Nothing that anyone hasn't thought of already - any H and S documentation designed for this sort of work covers it.
8. Managed grass is the most likely, I think. Beyond that, you're looking at restoration jobs, where you could encounter anything from tussocky grass or bramble through to shrubs and trees.