Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arboricultural Association.

Share this story

Topics

#ARBatwork #ArbMatters #PledgeLessPlastic & 12 Faces of Arb 1987 storm 2 Rope 2018 30 Under 30 3ATC 3ATC UK Open 50th annual AA AA award AA Awards Aboricultural Association Accident accreditation advice AFL aftercare AGM Agrilus Biguttatus aid air quality Alert Alex Kirkley All Party Parliamentary Group on Horticulture amenity Amenity Conference Anatomy Ancient Tree Forum Annual Awards APF APF 2020 app APPGHG Appointment apprentice apprenticeship Apprenticeships Approved Approved Contractor Approved Contractors ARB ARB Approved Contractor ARB Approved Contractors ARB at work ARB Magazine ARB Show arb training ArbAC ARBatwork ArbCamp Arbor Day Arboricultural Association Arboriculture arborists Arbsafe Ash Ash Archive ash dieback Asian Hornet Assessments atf ATO Australia Autumn Review award Awards Barcham Trees Bark Beetle Bartlett Bartlett Tree Experts bats beetle beyond ism Bill Matthews biochar biodiversity biomechanical biosecurity Book Prize Book Shop Books Bookshop boundaries branch Branches brand Brexit bs5837 Budgeting Tool bursary business Call for Abrstacts Call for papers Campout Canker stain of plane carbon career Cavanagh CCS Cellular Confinement Cellular Confinement Systems CEnv CEO Ceratocystis Ceratocystis platani chainsaw chalara charity Charles charter Charter for Trees Chartered Environmentalist chelsea Chelsea Flower Show Claus Mattheck climate climate change climber climbing Cofor Colleges committees competition competiton conference Confor conifers conservation Consultant consultation Contractor Contractors Cornwall Cornwall Branch Coronavirus Coroner Council Countryside Stewardship Course for beginners COVID-19 CPD cross industry news Crown & Canopy Cryphonectria parasitica Cumbria DART Date for your diary deadwood death debate Debt defra Design Devon Director disease diversity document donate dothistroma downloads draft EAC East Anglia ecology Economic Report economy Ecotricity education EFUF Election elections Electricity Elm yellows England England Tree Strategy English Elm environment environmental EPF equipment Europe European Arboricultural Council European Forum on Urban Forestry European Wood Pastures Event exeter Exhibitors Fall from Height Fatal Fatality felling Fellow Fellow Members Fera Field Trip Finance Fine firewood First Aid flood flooding for Forest Research forestry Forestry Commission forests freelancers FSC Fund4Trees funding fundraiser fungal fungi Future Flora Futurebuild gardening GDPR Geocells Gold Medal Gov.uk government grant grants Green Brexit Green Infrastructure Green Infratructure Guarantee guidance Guidance Note Guidance Note 2 guide guides Hazard Tree Health heart-rot hedges Helliwell Help Henry Kuppen History HMRC HOMED Homeworking Honey Brothers honours Horse Chestnut HortAid horticulture horticulturists HortWeek housing HRH HRH Prince Charles HS2 HSE HTA ICF ICoP identification Immigration import industry Industry Code of Practice industry skills Infographic InfraGreen Initiatives Inspiration Insurance Intermediate Tree Inspection International Urban Forestry Congress International Year of Plant Health Investigating Tree Archaeology Conference Ips typographus Irma irrigation ISA iso i-Tree IUFC Job job opportunity judgement JustGiving Karabiner Kew land-based Landsaping Landscape Institute Landscape Show landscaping Lantra law Leaf Minor Lectures legal legislation Letters Liability licence London longevity LTOA Magazine manifesto maple Mayor of London MBE Melbourne Member Benefit Membership mentor Midlands moth' motion Myerscough NASA National Geographic National Tree Safety Group National Tree Week NATO Netherlands New Year’s Honours News NHS nominations Northern Northumberland Notice notification NTIS NTOA NTOC NTSG Nurseries oak 'oak Oak Processionary Moth Oak-boring Beetle obituary Observatree occupation opm Padua Papua parks parliament Perennial Pests & Diseases Pests and Diseases petition photo Phytophthora planning Planning Law Plant Health planting Pledge Plumpton College policy poll Poster Power PPE Pre-order Preston Twins Prince Charles Prince of Wales processionary Product Recall Professional Members prosecution Protect and Survive protected tree protection Qualifications Quotatis ramorum RC Reg Harris Registered Registered Consultant Registered Consultants Rememberance Day renewal Report Rescue research Research grant Resilience response results retrenchment review RFS rhs RHS Chelsea Flower Show Ride for Research Ride4Research rigging Rodney Helliwell rogue tree surgeons Royal Forestry Society RSFS Safe Working Practice Safety Safety Bulletin Saftey Scotland Scotland Branch Scottish Branch SDG Accord security seminars Share Sheffield Show Sierra Leone Site Guidance skills skills survey SocEnv soil soils South East South West SRT SRWP staff Standards statement Stationary Rope Stationary Rope Technique statutory STIHL strategy student Student Book Prize Student Conference Study Trip Sub-contractors survey Sustainable Soils Alliance Sweet Chestnut sweet chestnut blight T Level T Levels Tatarian maple TDAG technical guide Technical Guides Technical Officers Technical Team Technician Members Technology Ted Green tender Thames & Chiltern The Arboricultural Association The Woodland Trust Thinking Arbs Thinking Arbs Day Timbersports Tony Kirkham Tools top-handled chainsaws,Elcoat, TPBE4 TPO Trading Standards trailblazer training transport Tree Tree Champion Tree Council Tree Fayre Tree Health Tree Health Week Tree Inspection tree loss tree management Tree of the year Tree Officer Tree officers Tree Planting Tree Protection tree register tree species Tree Supply Tree Surgeon Tree Surgeons Tree Week Tree Work at Height Tree Workers Zone Treeconomics tree-felling TreeRadar trees trees' Trees & Society Trees, People and the Built Environment trust' trustee Trustees TrustMark Two Rope two-rope UAG Uitlity UK favourite ukas UKWAS urban urban forest Urban Forestry Urban Tree Challenge Fund Urban Tree Cover Urban Tree World Cup urban trees Utility Arboriculture Group UTWC vacancy VETcert veteran trees video Videos volunteer VTA WAC Wales Warning Watering watering solutions Webinar webinars website Western Westonbirt Wharton White Paper WIA Witley Women Women in Arb women in arboriculture woodland Woodland Carbon Code Woodland Carbon Guarantee woodland trust woods Workshops World Environment Day Xylella young young arborists Young People’s Breakfast Event zoo

Stationary Rope Technique (SRT) Work Positioning report

Author:  Arboricultural Association
  03/08/2020
Last Updated:  03/08/2020
Stationary Rope Technique (SRT) Work Positioning report

A new research report entitled Stationary Rope Technique (SRT) Work Positioning – A United Kingdom (UK) Perspective is now available to download here.

The Association’s Research Grant offers an annual fund for applicants who wish to pursue research that will benefit our industry; the granting of funds is overseen by the Education and Training Committee. Over the years, grants have been made for a wide range of projects, undertaken by individuals from many facets of our sector. With the worldwide innovation and advancement of technical climbing skills in arboriculture, this project aimed to clarify and determine essential factors in defining good practice for SRT Work Positioning (SRWP), both practically and to ensure compliance with relevant standards and legislation.

The authors of the report, Robert Knott and Ben Rose, have over 40 years’ practical arboriculture experience to share, and here Robert (Noddy) gives a brief introduction to the need for the project and the exhaustive work they have undertaken.

Wind the clock back four years and the face of single rope work positioning in the UK was entirely different.

A relatively small group of arborists had been employing a variety of tools and techniques since the turn of the decade and big questions were being asked and no answers were forthcoming. Are we insured should an accident occur? Are these tools approved for use in the UK? I’m self-employed, can I use stationary rope technique (SRT) when working for other contractors? The list was endless and those employing SRT daily were beginning to feel isolated as the industry moved more in line with the perspective that ‘Fit for Purpose’ was no longer acceptable under LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) and the ‘no CE, no use’ mantra began to be reinforced. Europe stood by and watched as the rest of the international arborist community developed new tools that were difficult to fit into European Norm (EN) test criteria, and so anyone working with these tools was running rogue as legislation could not keep pace.

A group of climbers began discussing how we, in the UK, were losing touch and feeling pressured to justify using SRT methods; manufacturers were unable to fit any new developments into the strict testing protocols and no research was being carried out in any aspect of SRT.

Ben Rose and I approached the Association with a research idea, and after some negotiations we were awarded funding in the form of the AA’s Research Grant. Plans were drawn up and the ball started rolling; questionnaires were written, answers collated and so began the journey.

Four years on from those exciting days, the completion of the project finds a couple of battle-weary researchers still excited to have finally created a document that should bring relief to SRT climbers. As well as offering a helping hand of direction to those considering the practical element of tree work, it may also offer guidance to legislators, employers and innovators of tools.

Throughout the project immense support was given by the Arboricultural Association, and particular thanks go to Simon Richmond for his infinite patience and encouragement to reach its conclusion.

There are many individuals who took part in the various activities that helped guide us through each step of collating real-life answers to daily conundrums. For this we offer our gratitude and can only hope that we have done some justice to a fascinating subject and the future of practical arboriculture and provided support to climbers’ daily toil.

Download the Report


This extract was taken from Issue 190 Autumn 2020 of the ARB Magazine, which is available to view free to members by simply logging in to the website and viewing your profile area.