404-CUT-TREE recently held an annual Aerial Rescue Training day. This training is required by OSHA and is a recognized mark of a professional tree service. It is not unusual at all for a tree climber to have an accident while working. Daily, tree climbers encounter risks which could be trouble on the ground, but impossible when performing tree care at 80 feet aloft. Imagine the consequences of being stung repeatedly by yellow jackets, or being unconscious and bleeding when struck by a branch at the top of a tree while performing a tree removal! Now factor in that the climber is higher than the Fire Dept. can reach with their ladder truck. And the police and paramedics can’t help either. What to do?
Aerial rescue training: Lowering the victimIf the climber is very lucky, another member of his crew at the jobsite will be an experienced tree climber. And what do you think the odds are of a tree climber in Atlanta, GA being Aerial Rescue Trained? Not to mention whether the trained climber has the appropriate Aerial Rescue gear present at the jobsite.
Aerial rescue training: The dummy’s next up!Our company has adopted policies requiring at least two Aerial Rescue qualified tree climbers, with gear, to be present on every jobsite involving tree climbing above 10 feet. The training was held on a perfect Fall day in November with food and trainers and office employees. A great time was had by all!