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Climbers' Corner

Climbers' Corner

Precision Felling Techniques and Working the Plan
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
1:25 PM — 2:10 PM
Trade Show Floor
A, T, L, Bp

Whether felling a whole tree or a tree trunk, getting the job done safely in a controlled manner is imperative. For those of us working in the urban environment removing trees there are numerous hazards and obstacles we need to avoid to be successful. Unfortunately there are too many accidents (unplanned events) that occur when felling trees, causing injuries and damage to property. Using a felling plan and working through that plan will greatly reduce the number of unplanned events (accidents).

  In this presentation we will look at the history of cutting techniques used to fell trees. We will examine the functions of the face notch, back cut and most importantly the hinge. We will explore how different types of cuts can be used in different situations to improve control and safety. The use of the 5-step felling plan will be introduced as a means of reducing accidents and improving results. Understanding different types of wood fiber and the function of the hinge are critical to the decision making process. We will also discuss the proper use of pull lines in a felling operation. This presentation will create a good foundation of knowledge for tree cutters in today’s urban setting. 

Presenter Information

    • Rip Tompkins
      Rip has been in the Tree Care Industry for the past 29 years. He is co-owner of ArborMaster, a company specializing in safety, skill and productivity training for the tree care industry. Rip is an MCA (Massachusetts Certified Arborist) and ISA Certified Arborist and past president of the MAA (Massachusetts Arborist Association). After winning the International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) in 1996, he was the Head Judge and Chairman of the ITCC for the next 12 years. He remains a member of the ITCC Rules Committee and a Special Advisor to the European Tree Climbing Championships (ETCC) Operations Committee. He is a researcher and innovator of climbing, chainsaw, rigging and rescue systems, author of numerous articles and training videos and a member of the ANSI Z-133 Committee. Rip has conducted training programs extensively across North America as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

      ArborMaster, Little Compton, RI, United States