Tree Climbing and Rigging
As a professional arborist one of the responsibilities you have is to complete regular LOLER inspections on your tree climbing and rigging kits.
LOLER inspections are a legal requirement under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. Since December 1998 these regulations have been in place within arboriculture and other industries.
An independent person carries out LOLER inspections of your climbing kits. However, you too are to carry out checks on your kits and equipment daily. To ensure that items are fit and safe to use.
So, a quick recap for you. The regulations apply to all equipment and procedures involved in lifting or lowering loads (including people) at any height above ground level. This includes almost all arboricultural climbing and rigging equipment and procedures.
A LOLER inspection does not include:
- tool strops
Regulations apply both to employers and the self-employed. As well as to anyone else in control of lifting equipment or lifting operations.
Aims of the LOLER regulations 1998 are to ensure that:
- Lifting operations are properly planned.
- Lifting equipment is used safely.
- Lifting equipment is thoroughly examined at suitable intervals by a competent person.
For more information on the requirements relating to planning, management, training and more detailed advice see:
Initial Inspection Service
Will include a full inspection of equipment and production of LOLER inspection record log with:
- description of equipment
- identity number,
- staff member allocation,
- name of inspector
- next inspection date
Documents will be emailed as PDF
- a front sheet with company details,
- full record log of all kit presented for inspection including failed items or items not presented
- weekly check sheet record for personal use
Any equipment with no ID markings will be marked up as required with your own personal identification.
To typically include 1 climbing harness, 2 climbing ropes, prussic loops, karabiners, wire core flip line. (Up to 20 items to take into consideration the 2 climbing systems required when climbing).
To typically include lowering ropes, pulleys, capstans, webbings, shackles and connectors.
Equipment will already be marked and listed as appropriate.
The updated equipment record logs will be provided accordingly to indicate those items needing attention and the next inspection date.
For Further Health & Safety Executive guidance visit the HSE website
You may have been asked by:
- your employer
- or a new contract opportunity to provide LOLER inspection records
- your auditing body, such as the Arboricultural Association
Whether you could be new to the job or been doing it for over 40 years and things have changed. If so and you are faced with having to get your LOLER inspections for climbing and rigging kits have you been:
- struggling to find the right fit in terms of a LOLER inspector?
- confused by what and when you should have LOLER inspections done?
- worried you will get it wrong or waste your hard-earned money?
- concerned that everything will fail?
- looking for some clarification and what is expected in a LOLER inspection?
Then we can help you!
No matter what your concerns are we can help you with your LOLER inspection.
Providing award-winning training through tailored, flexible, friendly, approachable trainers and assessors, these principles follow through with our LOLER inspections.
Finally, as with all Lowe Maintenance’s specialisms, you get support and advice via email or on the phone. If you need it in the future. Just because you’ve completed the course or had the LOLER inspection done doesn’t mean you can’t get in touch if you need more information or guidance.
Some of possibly interest to you
No, you need to make sure that they are qualified and competant to do so.
For example someone qualified to inspect cherry pickers or forklift trucks may not be able to inspect your tree climbing kits.
All harnesses and equipment have particular lifespans. Once they have reached that life span they can no longer be used, regardless of how many times they have been used or how good they look.