30 January 2020
HSE is now requiring full compliance with the Work at Height Regulations in relation to tree climbing operations. This means that the default method for accessing a tree must be that two personal fall protection systems (twin rope) are employed, preferably on independent load-bearing anchor points.
At HEL, we take Health and Safety very seriously and ensure that our staff are fully up to date with industry requirements. Our tree climbing surveyors have trained in and use the twin rope system effectively and efficiently, most often completing inspections using the SRT method as a rapid access and safety line and MRT/lanyard for back-up and work positioning. Whilst inspections generally do take longer using the twin-rope system we believe that this is a step forward for the safety of those undertaking tree climbing inspections.
HEL’s team of in-house climbing surveyors and regular sub-contractors includes five qualified climbers, four of whom hold SNH bat survey licences (including three with hibernation – an often overlooked aspect of bat ecology with regard to tree surveys) and SNH Schedule 1 licensed bird surveyors. Aware of competitors in the industry, we believe we offer a superior service in terms of capability and efficiency (and finding bats…!).
We would be very happy to discuss any tree climbing requirements your company may have and look forward to hearing from you.
Heritage Environmental Ltd
24 High Street
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