Advanced Training: Tree Worker Domain – Aerial Lift & Rigging Training

Current Aerial Lift & Rigging Classes – TBD 2023

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This is a 1-day course with demonstrations on Aerial Lift Safety and Rigging scenarios. We will cover Aerial Lift set-up (pre-trip inspection, stabilizer leveling, full-body harness inspection, safety lanyard inspection, operator anchor point, proper unfolding and folding, platform controls, bucket positioning, operator positioning). In the Rigging portion; forces at the block, using a dynamometer to show the forces generated; difference between an arborist block and rescue pulley; difference in the different rope constructions with advantages and limitations of each; tying a cow hitch and timber hitch for anchoring in the tree; cutting a notch for directional control; Port-a-wrap use near the base of the tree; we will show the different ringed product tools, a knotless rigging system and using a re-direct block to help spread the forces in the canopy and reduce the chances of a cut limb swinging back towards the operator.

Equipment Requirements

A man on an aerial lift
  • Climbing style head protection that meets the ANSI Z89.1 standard
  • Eye protection that meets the ANSI Z87.1 standard
  • Work boots suitable for tree climbing (covering the ankle)
  • Hearing protection for chainsaw and chipper use
  • Leather gloves for lowering

Mr. Vernon to Provide Equipment

1.   Aerial lift truck
2.   Full body harness with a rated dorsal attachment, size large

  1. Deceleration lanyard for the full body harness
  2. One pair of chainsaw chaps
  3. All rigging equipment (ropes, pulleys, slings, rope friction devices)
  4. All chainsaws (14”, 18”, 24”) 

Meet onsite for demonstrations and participation. Go over knots and rope, pulleys (arborist, rescue), slings, rope friction devices, tree risk assessment, and then actual rigging from the aerial lift truck.