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  1. Yeah, either get a shorter prussik 75 cm or try a few different knot configurations. Lots of folks like a distel or knut cos they can get pretty compact. I tend to use a vt or xt. Deffo worth it, way smoother than a rope grab.
  2. Put a pulley on your flip line under your Prussik and you can tend it real easy and one handed.
  3. The SRT kit i use daily and recommend: 60m rope, rope wrench, maillon rapide, foot ascender, neck tether, and 2 old I to I’s with larger biners for munters hitch redirects. I also have hand ascender which is great with a pulley or revolver attached to set up mechanical advantage system for downward sloping branch walks.
  4. I’ve found a non-rope solution that works really well..... be careful if someone’s got the backpack blower out though, it’s not fun being blasted all the way down the road hehe Angel Wings costume Christmas day costume Wings photo prop | Etsy WWW.ETSY.COM Charming wings for your costume for any event. Wings can be a great costume for the artists, dance...
  5. Hehe. 👍👍👍. Wait til the aa wade in with their standard stop calling it “two ropes” malarkey..... I think you mean “one rope and a suitable back up”
  6. Ask Paul Poynter (softbankhawks) for more detail.... but basically it’s srt with two slightly thinner diameter ropes(8mm) through one device. So you basically can carry the retrieval leg with you and traverse through a million conifers easily. Amongst other benefits....
  7. TRT is something slightly different though....
  8. Nice one for creating this poll, really important and interesting. I hope HSE are paying attention....
  9. Well done. My 2 cents is.... get a decent helmet, some chainsaw trousers, boots and a silky. Don’t worry about a chainsaw for a bit. It’s likely you won’t be chainsawing for a little while and if you are, you will prob start off doing a little processing with the firms groundsaw. Asking questions is groovy, the most important one being... “ is there anything I can do to help at the mo.” Sometimes groundying can be a bit stop start and will take a while to know when to go full beans or when to chill. Another thing I think is important is don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.” Clients may ask you awkward shit sometimes, like the scientific name of a species or more likely “ while you’re here can you just” and the worst thing is when a nervous groundy makes up some bullshit or talks you into work. Just be truthful. “I’m new to this, ask the boss” Ask sensible relevant questions and colleagues will appreciate it. It sounds like you have a decent work ethos so It sounds like you’ll do great. Get paid for it. But don’t ask superstar wages yet. Work ethic and willingness to graft/learn are far more important than technical knowledge at this stage. Alex
  10. So the training videos show “a working solution?” Can’t wait til my boss asks me to go to the clients house and “just go up and down a metre or 2 on the nice Beech stem” Im interested? What are you other arbs charging folks for that kind of technical work??
  11. Please please don’t say safety net just in case HSE get any more bright ideas!!!!
  12. But like others have said before.... this 2 rope “safety net” approach is not “understandable” and very easy to “Argue (disagree” with. This is because It seems many arbs feel that it maybe less safe overall due to number of factors: 1) More time spent working at height, and the fatigue that accompanies this. 2) increased mental and physical fatigue due to increased rope management. 3) higher risk of falling/thrown debris hitting a larger target area of rope in the tree. 4) increased likelihood of rigging ropes and climbing rope entanglement. Etc etc etc. I suppose “we are where we are” but I’d rather keep discussing the implications of this decision with my fellow arbs so that if/when the next accident happens and the discussion is reignited with HSE, fellow arbs feel like they have “back up” hehe and all the information and opinions from the “coal-face.” Furthermore if we properly discuss the “actual” reasons people may be falling from trees we might be able to move towards a more positive future with less falls instead of just hoping for it? ?
  13. I remember they did also post a table with more details during the “consultation” period which went into slightly more detail about falls from a rope and harness. And I remember thinking the majority of incidents “may” have still occurred even with 2 ropes. I.e bowline tied wrong. There was also no mention in the Injury table of competency levels either. Personally I feel 2 rope working is a decision based on really unscientific analysis of data. Classic WYSIATI. “What you see is all there is.” If one person died cos they cut their rope then 2 ropes would have saved em.??? Are Hse really confident enough about that to enforce a serious practical change to the way most arbs operate? Affecting safety, fatigue and wellbeing. Using HSE’s science I could suggest that Khriss’ example proves that 2 rope working is more dangerous. Might have been better to have a proper consultation with the arb industry first about what we thought might be causing the majority of incidents?? For instance, a lot of people on here seem to feel the training system could improve...etc etc etc One last thing Paul. “ Plus of course inexperienced climbers are more at risk.” Any stat evidence to back this up Paul? Because it may actually be the case that more experienced climbers face more risk because they may do bigger stuff with less supervision. Maybe.?? But I’m not gonna presume things without doing research first. Sorry to be a “nob head” Khriss and give Paul more “flak.” I’m more than happy to share it around if anyone from HSE fancies chatting to anyone from the industry. Alex.
  14. There’s this. some basic numbers about arb/chainsaw without much detail. Arboriculture statistics WWW.HSE.GOV.UK Statistics show that the vast majority of fatal and major injuries in tree work are associated with chainsaw...


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