Aerial Inspections: Guide to Good practice
This Guidance Note provides a comprehensive answer, setting out all the information that may be required when carrying out an aerial inspection.
Every competent and conscientious arborist will as a matter of course be engaged in the assessment of the tree that he or she is climbing; apart from anything else it is, after all, a matter of self-preservation! But it becomes a very different matter when the purpose of the inspection is to inform policy decisions to be taken by others, or when your own decisions may be subject to scrutiny in a subsequent insurance claim or even by a court of law.
What you have here is a methodology that will enable you to gather all the data that could reasonably be required to satisfy the most exacting examination.
There may, of course, be occasions when a less exhaustive assessment may be needed, when something less than the gold standard provided here is required or can be justified. But whatever the purpose of the inspection, this Guidance Note provides a structured framework upon which it can be based.