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Re: Implementing a Two-Ropes System - HSE Requirement?

Subject: Re: Implementing a Two-Ropes System - HSE Requirement?
From: Jerry Ross
Date: Dec 03 2019 13:26:53
By how much will two rope working actually reduce accidents?  If none or insignificantly, will it be abandoned?

I asked this question twenty odd years ago when LOLER was introduced, whether there would be a review after a few years to determine whether and by how many had accidents within the arb industry been reduced; and if the answer was none or insignificantly, would the regulations be repealed?
Answer came there none.
I wonder what the answer is: there should be plenty of data now. So can anyone tell me by how much HAVE accidents actually been reduced (taking into account any change in the number of people working in the industry) since the introduction of LOLER? Of course LOLER was quite successful as a work creation scheme; but did it do what it was supposed to do?
Will two-rope working?




On 03/12/2019 12:42, Steve wrote:
Precisely Paul none!

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Paul Smith
Sent: 03 December 2019 12:38
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: Implementing a Two-Ropes System - HSE Requirement?

Hi Steve, simplistically the evidence, as far as HSE are concerned, is here 
https://www.trees.org.uk/News-Blog/Latest-News/HSE-Fall-from-Height-Incidents-involving-arborists
 at least to some extent.

Regards,
Paul


Paul Smith
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Accreditation Schemes Manager (Contractors)
Email: paul@xxxxxx.org.uk
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-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info <uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info> 
On Behalf Of Steve
Sent: 03 December 2019 11:58
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: RE: Implementing a Two-Ropes System - HSE Requirement?

Let's be honest this is a totally unjustifiable interference by people that 
are at best uniformed and at worst have a vested interest in additional 
training modules! Where is the evidence to justify this?

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info 
[mailto:uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Paul Smith
Sent: 03 December 2019 11:06
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: Implementing a Two-Ropes System - HSE Requirement?

Hi Paul, the "£60 million dollar question" just now.

Acknowledging you are asking here, on UKTC, but if you asked the regulator (the HSE) 
they would say the 'immediate implications' are those they’ve been expecting 
us to have been working to since 2005, i.e. 2 rope with 2 independent anchors...in 
practice the exception rather than the rule.

Further information will follow shortly in relation to the amended / updated 
ICoP, and Technical Guide 1, firstly to industry consultation before 
production and then to be incorporated in updated working practices and 
training / assessment procedures etc.

For now "watch this space", i.e. the AA website, and be thinking about 
opportunities to move to 2-rope working where it will not hinder nor increase the risk 
of working / tree climbing activities, particularly at points of deemed higher risk, 
e.g. on access / on change-overs / using tools etc. Also be thinking about updating 
risk assessments and incorporating the 2-rope hierarchy etc. and associated 
justifications.

Hoping this helps, at least a little.
Regards,
PAUL

Paul Smith
Technical Officer &
Accreditation Schemes Manager (Contractors)
Email: paul@xxxxxx.org.uk




Registered Office
The Malthouse, Stroud Green, Standish,
Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 3DL
Arboricultural Association Ltd
Company No. 4070377, Charity Number 1083845 Arboricultural Association 
Trading Ltd Company No. 05180170

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-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info <uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info> 
On Behalf Of PC
Sent: 03 December 2019 10:49
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Implementing a Two-Ropes System - HSE Requirement?

Morning all,

Is anybody aware of the immediate implications for climbing Arborists and 
managers in relation to the web-link below:

https://www.trees.org.uk/News-Blog/Latest-News/Two-rope-working-–-an-update

Thanks,

Paul




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