RR668: Evaluation of current rigging and dismantling practices used in arboriculture
This report presents the results of a comprehensive study into a number of topics related to rigging operations used in the dismantling of trees in the UK. The information it contains should enable the arboricultural industry to determine good practice in:
- carrying out risk assessments prior to dismantling a tree;
- planning and organising rigging operations; and
- selecting measures to mitigate against risks and accidents.
The project received additional funds from the Hyland John’s Grant Programme of the TREE Fund (Grant No 06-HJ-05), in order to extend the investigation on the load-bearing capacity of branches beyond the scope of the original project plan.
This report and the work it describes were jointly funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Forestry Commission (FC). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE or FC policy.
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