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Document ID (ISN)111799
CIS number 11-0571
Year 2008
Convention or series no. RR 668
Author(s) Detter A., Cowell C., McKeown L., Howard P.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Evaluation of current rigging and dismantling practices used in arboriculture
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2008. vi, 361p. Illus. 36 ref.
Internet access RR_668.pdf [in English]
Abstract Arboricultural work is physically demanding. It is often carried out at height and carries a high risk of injury. It is estimated that fatal and major injury incidence rates for arboriculture are at least double those of the construction industry. Recent analysis of arboricultural accidents has shown that 10% are due to high falls, a further 6% to low or unspecified falls and another 6% to uncontrolled swings in the tree. This report presents the results of a comprehensive study into a number of safety and health issues related to rigging operations used in the dismantling of trees in the United Kingdom. The information it contains should enable the arboriculture sector to determine good practices in carrying out risk assessments prior to dismantling a tree, planning and organizing rigging operations, and selecting measures to mitigate risks and accidents.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; tree felling; hazard evaluation; safe working methods
Descriptors (secondary) protection against falls from heights; public OSH institutions; research; falls from heights; collapse; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Forestry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Falls from heights
Forestry and logging