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Posted in Tips and Advice on February 16, 2023

What is Aerial Rescue

  • Kait Simpson
  • Kait Simpson

    Plant Healthcare Specialist

As with any industry involving major risks, we take rescue seriously. Our tree removal and tree pruning crews spend time periodically reviewing techniques for bringing a casualty to safety quickly and safely. You may be having flashbacks of a first aid seminar you once attended, but when it comes to trees, things get a bit more involved.

Aerial rescue- when you break the term down it is somewhat self explanatory: to bring someone to safety from height. As an arborist’s work activities frequently involve working at a certain elevation (hello nice tall mature trees) a good portion of our accidents occur at height. As this height poses a challenge to anyone wishing to come to an arborist’s aid, it is imperative we learn safe and effective methods of bringing a casualty to the ground.

A simple google search will yield plenty of “Tree Fails” videos of guys taking out big limbs only to have them spring back at them. Fortunately, we can avoid most of these awful incidences through proper training and cutting techniques. However, accidents can still occur, and it would be foolish to assume our training could entirely eradicate the need for our crews to fully understand how an aerial rescue works.

At Safe Tree we ensure to train our tree trimming crews on aerial rescue techniques an absolute minimum of once per year. We like to offer refreshers as often as possible as well. During these sessions we spend a full work day going through different rescue scenarios and different retrieval methods. We talk about the benefits of different methods of accessing our casualties, as well as their potential limitations. The most important part of this, though, is physically carrying out the act of an aerial rescue so that each person can practice the act and become familiar with the motions.

The last thing any of us want is a workplace casualty. Here at Safe Tree we do our best to ensure our crew is as safe as possible at all times. Whether the workorder states to trim a small Japanese Maple, or to remove a Large Hazardous Willow tree over a house, it feels good to know each team member knows what to do in an emergency.

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