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Loading of a Tie-in Point While Climbing
Choosing an appropriate tie-in point (TIP) is a key to efficiently and safely work in a tree. A TIP that’s high and central in the crown provides maximum mobility for a climber, but the TIP also has to be strong enough to bear the loads associated with climbing. Until recently, very few measurements of such loads were taken. Starting with the ITCC in 2017, Dr. Kane has measured loads at the TIP for a variety of situations including ascents, descents, limb walks and swings, and falls. This presentation will present the findings from those studies.

Feb 9, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Brian Kane, PhD
Massachusetts Arborist Association Associate Professor of Commercial Arboriculture @University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Brian Kane is the Massachusetts Arborists Association Professor of Commercial Arboriculture at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Dr. Kane has been involved in the tree care industry since 1989—first as a ground worker, then as a climber, crew leader, PHC technician, arborist representative, and, since 2002, as an educator and scientist. Over the years, he has been involved in various capacities with the ISA, most recently as chair of the Nominating & Elections Committee. Dr. Kane is grateful for the TREE Fund’s continued support of his research.