I was working for a friend the past 2 days. SEVERAL times I found myself contemplating walking off the job. I didn't, because I knew that there would have been some pretty big problems had I left (I had my car with me at the jobsite). I really am torn here, because this friend helps me out a lot, and never asks for anything, and we get along really well. He is the best machine operator I have ever met. That being said, the tree job I am working on for him is a hack job, to say the least. He was only supposed to have taken out a couple trees in the front yard, and a couple trees in the woods on the side of the house. The town engineer came out and gave permits for certain trees, marking them with tape. My buddy just went around and pushed over whatever he wanted to with his excavator. Not only do I have MAJOR safety issues with this job, but I also have issues with how the job is being done. Around here you get in BIG trouble if you start burying things on a property. Instead of bringing in a stump grinder and his chipper, he is just burying all the logs, and brush, and stumps in the woods and front lawn. He dug a couple holes out in the woods that are easily as large as a full sized swimming pool. Filled them with wood, and then covered them up. There are now BIG piles of soil in the woods which are visable from the road. Of the trees that are being "saved" I would be suprised if half of them lived for another 5 years. He is digging those swimming pool sized holes not even 10 feet away from 2'+ DBH red oaks, and ash trees, and maples. I feel that I have to stay on the jobsite, because he is my friend, and he helps me out a LOT. However, as an arborist I feel compelled to leave.