ISA offers a variety of educational materials and products to help arborists improve their arboricultural knowledge and experience. Every month we will feature a product or group of products. This month ISA is featuring the Gear Check Video presented by Husqvarna.
The Gear Check Video is a complimentary resource that covers how to properly conduct a gear check for a Tree Climbing Competition (TCC). Led by expert and International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) Head Safety Technician Phillip Kelley, this video is an excellent resource for competitive and non-competitive tree climbers. An accompanying quiz is also available for purchase worth 1 CEU (A, T, Bp, L).
As head safety technician, one of Kelley’s responsibilities is to take the lead on ensuring that tree climbing gear coming to events is safe, being used properly, and moving the industry forward. In the video, he demonstrates how a gear check can be done effectively, what to look for if you are training others, and the best practices when submitting gear for ISA competitions. Additionally, the video goes over what gear inspectors should look for on daily and interval inspections and the retirement criteria for equipment.
“This video is really about management of gear on a personal level,” Kelley said. “This topic is really critical for the success of [arborists] as an industry. We discuss all different aspects of gear inspection from PPE to hardware to textiles.”
Kelley said he hopes viewers gain a greater understanding of manufacturers’ recommendations and guidelines; inspection intervals and why we have spot inspections versus scheduled inspections; as well as an appreciation of compatibility and configuration.
Although this video is geared towards TCC competitors, this video is an excellent resource for tree climbers who climb for fun as well. The Gear Check Video is also available for ISA Components to use for local TCC Gear Checks and training opportunities.
“This video is beneficial to anyone preforming tree work in the field because gear inspection should not be something that is only done before a competition,” Kelley said.
The Gear Check video provides a step-by-step in inspection that includes demonstrations to make sure that tree climbers are doing what they need to do every day to be safe.
“I feel like [the Gear Check Video] is something that was definitely needed for our industry,” Kelley said. “We need to be doing this process and we need to stay on top of our gear inspection so that way we can continue having fun climbing trees.”
Watch the video on Youtube
Read the transcript
Purchase the quiz for an opportunity to earn CEUs