Lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations.
Tree Surgery ‘Climbing’ Equipment must, by law, be subjected to a through independant examination every 6 months. This covers all equipment that is involved where people are being lifted or are using it to climb. For lifting gear used in tree surgery operations, such as lowering equipment and rigging equipment this is subject, legally, to a 12 month independant LOLER inspection.
There is also a requirement to have the equipment checked for safety if there is an ‘exceptional circumstance’ which may have compromised the safety of the equipment.
A competent person is someone who can show they have the ‘appropriate theoretical knowledge and experience to enable them to detect defects and weaknesses in the equipment’.
This is recognised as someone who has attended a recognised course and achieved certification for LOLER inspection.
This should be someone specifically trained to inspect arboricultural equipment and who has a working knowledge of the tree surgery industry and tree climbing. They must also be totally independant and able to act with out “fear or favour”. Tree surgery equipment is expensive and so condeming it, by taking it out of action because it is potentially unsafe, can be quite a financial hit to the owner. Therefore there is the potential for a conflict of interests.
Climbing kits six monthly inspections £60 + vat per standard size kit (POA for large kits)
Rigging kits twelve monthly inspections £60 +vat per standard kit (POA for large kits)