In 2013 I published an article in the Tree Matters stating: “Working with cranes and helicopters to remove trees is nothing new for Kiwi tree climber. But rarely do we see the use of a simple tool like the Good Rigging Control Systems (GRCS)”.
I think we will all agree that this has changed. Many tree companies now own a GRCS and use it on a daily basis.
The companies that do not own a GRCS are happy to employ subcontractors that have this tool available. This comes from the understanding that the GRCS will increase the productivity on certain jobs.
Do you need a standard operating procedure for the use of the Good Rigging Control Systems (GRCS)?
The increased availability of the GRCS in New Zealand has also triggered a need for compliance training. We have been supplying this training over the past four years.
From our own work with the GRCS and from the information collected on these training days it soon became clear to us that a standard operating procedure for the use of the GRCS was necessary. The GRCS comes with limited user instructions.
Pro Climb decided to develop a standard operating procedure (SOP) for our in-house use.
As well as to use it as a good practice guide for our training. With this documentation we can now ensure that all members of a team are using the device in the same safe way.
The Standard Operating Procedure for the use of the GRCS in arboricultural operations, is now available to all arboricultural contractors.
Each SOP can be customised to accommodate the specific requirements of your company and the device model.
The SOP for the use of the GRCS in arboricultural operations includes:
Introduction, Hazard Register, Safe Working Procedures, Induction Procedure, Rigging Procedure, Maintenance Procedure, Training Procedure, Review Procedure, Training Form ( paper-based or Mobile).