Accessing the tree

  • if a tree is not to be felled from the ground, conduct a site specific risk assessment to help you decide the safest way of accessing the tree which may include the use of an EWP, a crane or climbing
  • secure a suitable rope climbing system by using correct knots at a location on the tree which can withstand the forces of a fall
  • if a crane is to be used to place a person in the tree it must be done in accordance with the plant used in connection with tree lopping – crane access method position paper
  • climbing spikes can damage tree tissues which can result in infection and decay as well as creating future hazards
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