300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Almost 5 billion videos are watched on Youtube every single day. Whilst a good part of these are probably videos of cats flushing toilet paper down toilets (does anyone think that is funny), there is also no shortage of footage of people doing treework. What can I say? It is a mixed bunch, some of the stuff really makes me want to pull out my hair.
Having said that though, now and again you stumble across a good video, one that has you nodding your head. In this vein, I enjoyed watching Tobias Pelli’s documentation of the removal of two cedars in Florence.
Whilst I am not saying that everything is perfect (that, after all, is not what this is about), I felt that the video footage shows good work-positioning, solid rigging techniques, correct use of chainsaws, ergonomic work practices and over-all good planning – all in all a nice demonstration of work being performed in line with industry best practice.
Further, I also enjoyed the lack of glitzy video effects, pompous heroics, vapid comments, flexing of muscles or Armageddon walks.
Amongst the things which struck me were the rigging techniques employed to manage the restricted lowering zone, such as load-transfer systems and drift lines. I appreciated the fact that in dynamic rigging scenarios knots were being used instead of connectors, also the size of the pieces being removed were appropriate in relation to the lack of space on the ground.
All in all, I thought this was a solid documentation of a job well done, proving that it is not rocket science to work correctly and safely – and to be productive at the same time.
Thank you, Tobias.