Aerial Rescue Minimum Industry Standards book

Minimum Industry Standards book MIS304 on Aerial Rescue includes up-to-date information on preparing for rescue, responding to an emergency, and core skills for conducting a rescue.

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This Minimum Industry Standards book MIS304 is on techniques for rescuing stuck or injured climbers.

Since the release of the SafeWork Australia Guidance for Managing Risks in Tree Trimming and Removal Works in 2016, having a rescue climber on site when conducting climbing works has been a requirement on Australian tree work sites.

Developed with assistance from emergency services rescue professionals, MIS304 also provides guidance on training and practicing rescues, and on “spot-rescues” (simulated rescues when the crew are not expecting a rescue practice to take place).

Techniques include lifting and transferring the casualty, dealing with poor rope angles, and an industry-agreed process for responding to an emergency event.

About the Minimum Industry Standards (MIS) series

The MIS series is produced by Arboriculture Australia Ltd in consultation with the national arboriculture and vegetation management community. These industry peer-reviewed documents explain the core standards of skills and equipment with which competent practitioners should be familiar with. The prime purpose of the MIS series is to provide minimum standards for the safety of tree workers while encouraging and fostering innovative practices.

Arboriculture Australia Ltd. are currently working with subject-matter experts to write and illustrate a full suite of Minimum Industry Standards describing the work tasks conducted by practical, hands-on tree workers throughout Australia, including pruning, tree identification, equipment inspection, chainsaw use, cabling, and many other practices and skills. The Minimum Industry Standards are available for purchase from Vermeer Parts Counters in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

What are the benefits of having minimum industry standards:

  • Safety
  • Productivity
  • Training & assessment
  • A national terminology
  • Standardised work practices
  • National representation


View the MIS brochure from Arboriculture Australia here.

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