Arborist Training
Hopkinton, Massachusetts

March 30th, 2023
7:00am - 4:00pm
224 South Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Technical Tree Climbing: Mechanical Hitches

Similar to an “Intermediate/Advanced” climbing seminar.
This seminar will provide participants with training in the use of specialized equipment and techniques employed in Moving Rope Systems (MRS) and Stationary Rope Systems (SRS). Safe work procedures for popular work at height systems are demonstrated. Attendees will gain an understanding of the advantages and limitations of MRS and SRS while maintaining and following safe work practices and legislation pertaining to fall protection. Mechanical hitches for MRS and SRS will be emphasized and demonstrated. The ergonomics advantages of mechanical hitches, as well as the limitations, will be discussed and featured.
Vermeer All Roads One Day Demonstration with North American Training Solutions:
  • Registration is at 7:00am
  • Day ends at 4:00pm
  • Seminars are held RAIN or SHINE
  • Bring lawn chair, hard hat, and safety glasses
Free Lunch is Provided
Earn up to 6.5 ISA Certified Arborist CEU’s


Week Of Registration Price: $65.00
Availability Ends: Mar 30, 2023
Course Topics:
Job Safety Analysis, Emergency Planning, and PPE
  • Job Safety Analysis
  • P.P.E. (personal protective equipment) including inspection, fit, care and limitations
  • Planning and emergency response (Emergency Action Plan)
  • Hazard identification and mitigation
  • Establishing work zones and drop zones and communication protocols
Personal Protective Apparel and Equipment
  • How to inspect, fit and utilize PPA and PPE
  • Fall protection categories (arrest, positioning, restrict/restraint, rescue)
  • Industrial sit harnesses, connecting links, cordage and webbing
  • Tree work positioning assemblies and lanyards
Ropes, Lanyards, Tails, Slings, Splices, and Stitches
  • Rope construction, standards, application, inspection, storage and care
  • Rope terminology, tree climbing termination knots, splices and stitches
  • Tree climbing knots, bends and hitches
Identifying, Establishing, and Securing Anchorage Points
  • Visual tree inspections including inner and outer perimeter surveys
  • Certified and non-certified anchorages
  • Canopy and basal anchors, load testing, and friction management
Throwline Application, Techniques, and Rope Installation
  • Installation and retrieval of friction management devices
  • Ascenders, descenders, other mechanical devices
  • Rope tools, slings and related accessories
Tree Climbing Work Practices
  • Moving Rope Systems (MRS), Stationary Rope Systems (SRS) and the advantages and limitations of each system
  • Showcase of the gear required to safely and efficiently use MRS and SRS climbing systems
  • Ergonomics, hydration/nutrition and the industrial athlete
  • Ascending, positioning, redirecting and descending
  • MRS / SRS hybrid tree climbing systems
  • How to plan the climb and maximize efficiency
Mechanical Hitches
  • Discussion of the ergonomic and work efficiencies of mechanical hitches
  • Limitations of mechanical hitches
  • Rope and cordage compatibility and weight limits of each device
  • Inspection and maintenance of each device
  • Aerial rescue considerations with mechanical hitches
Climbing on a Spar
  • Standards around climbing on a spar
  • How to apply MRS and SRS climbing systems to a spar situation
  • Additional equipment required for safety and efficiency of spar climbing
  • Incorporation of mechanical hitches for spar work
  • Situational awareness while climbing and rigging on a spar
Emergency Response
  • Aerial rescue planning, traumatic tree worker injuries and first aid
  • Climber self rescue assistance and readiness
  • Self-rescue discussion and ground assisted lowering techniques demo
Applicable Standards: This course meets the ANSI/ASSE Z490.1 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training as well as ANSI Z133 & Z359 and CSA Z259.
Disclaimers: All seminars are demonstration only. For hands-on opportunities, please inquire with North American Training Solutions.