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National Return To Work Strategy 2020-2030

Return to work after an injury or illness is a critical time for any employee. A new national strategy has been designed to drive action to improve return to work outcomes for workers with a work-related injury or illness

Diane Smith-Gander AO, the Chair of Safe Work Australia, introduces the landmark ‘National Return to Work Strategy 2020- 2030’ that sets an ambitious 10-year action plan to improve return to work outcomes for workers across Australia.

Workers are at the heart of the Strategy’s vision to minimise the impact of workrelated injury and illness and enable workers to have a timely, safe and durable return to work.

Supporting workers through their recovery and return to work is a priority for all jurisdictions and stakeholders involved in the process. The Strategy paves the way for national collaboration to improve return to work outcomes over the next decade.

The Strategy was developed in partnership with governments, business, industry and unions, and endorsed by work health and safety ministers. Consultation was also undertaken with academics, peak bodies, organisations and representatives from the insurance, legal and health sectors to help identify national policy issues and action areas to address them.

The Strategy is designed to be sufficiently broad so those involved in the return to work process can determine how they can best contribute to implementing the Strategy. It is aimed at people who can influence work and workplaces, including:

  • Policy makers
  • Workers’ compensation authorities
  • Employer, industry and union groups
  • Insurers and claims management organisations
  • Treating health practitioners
  • Workplace rehabilitation providers, and
  • Other worker advocates.

For information visit safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-return-to-work-strategy-2020-2030

January 26, 2020 / by / in , ,
Selling Your Business

Questions to answer in leaving a business.

Table 1 shows the main ways for a business to grow or end. Unlike people who are born, mature and die, a business, although owned by people, need not have the same fate. Businesses can continue long after their founders have died. So when you have a business, and it is time for you to retire, what questions do you need answers for!

Regardless of the legal structure of your business, the questions you need an answer to are:

  • Do you sell?
  • Is the business bankruptcy or Insolvent?
  • Is the business large enough to sell to the public (Initial Public Offering); or
  • Do I stop trading?
  • Do I sell? – Voluntary Retirement

A Sale Of Your Business As A:

  • Sole trader
  • Partner
  • Through shares in a company
  • Children
  • Friends
  • Staff (through a management buy-out)
  • Unrelated third parties

Irrespective To Whom You Sell Your Business You Should Consider:

  • What is more important: The sale price or the continuation of the business?
  • Do you want the ownership retained by a family member, or do you want the business to be in the hands of the best person (you can find) to grow or continue the business?
  • If the sale is to be to a family member, who in the family is to buy the business and how will the takeover occur?
  • If the sale is to be to existing staff, who? All staff or just a few of the key employees and how will the takeover occur?
  • Do you need expert help in succession planning?

If You Are Only Concerned With Maximising The Sale Price:

  • What tax breaks will you receive if you sell the business and retire?
  • What tax breaks will you receive if you sell the business and invest in another business?
  • Are you prepared to remain in the business after it is sold? If so, for how long, and on what basis: as an employee, paid or unpaid consultant, or a director of the board?
  • Are you prepared to provide a restraint of trade provision in the sale? If so, for how long and for what geographical area?
  • Are you prepared to leave your name associated with the business after it is sold?
  • Will the existing employees have to be dismissed, or will the new owner want to employ them?

If You Own The Premises From Which The Business Operates, Are The Premises To Be Sold:

  • With the business
  • Separately to the business
  • Leased to the new owner

The issue of the value of the purchase price of the premises has to be addressed, or the rent to be paid must be negotiated.

If the business owns intellectual property that is yours, will the intellectual property be sold with the business, or will you retain ownership of it and license its use to the purchaser?

If you are going to license intellectual property thought must be given about how you are to assess and/or verify the accuracy of the license fees paid to you by the purchaser.

Bankruptcy or Insolvency

Involuntary Retirement

Bankruptcy occurs to individuals while insolvency happens to corporations.

Bankruptcy or insolvency is where the owners of the business cannot pay the debts of the business as and when they fall due.

Bankruptcy and insolvency occur not by choice but despite the best efforts of an owner. When a business ends from bankruptcy of its owner(s) or the failure of a corporation due to insolvency, the decision on whether the business is sold or closed is that of the insolvency practitioner that has control of the business. The owner’s concerns in these circumstances are:

  • Can you prevent yourself from being declared bankrupt?
  • If you are declared bankrupt, what are the consequences to you continuing in a profession or trade? For instance, a landscaper who is bankrupt can (if they have the funds commence) trade on their own account
  • Will you have enough income to maintain your family life as you have done in the past?
  • What effect will bankruptcy have upon you and for how long?
  • In the case of insolvency, whether you will have enough assets to meet personal debts, and whether you have given guarantees in support of the business which you must pay
  • If a director of a company that has been liquidated, were you a director at a time when the company was trading insolvently? If so, you may have personal liability for the debts incurred by the company during this time.

Initial Public Offerings –Voluntary

An initial public offering or IPO is what is also known as a public float. When a business is of a size that requires that it needs further capital to grow, and the capital cannot be obtained by way of debt, or when you have reached a point when you are prepared to trade off a large sum of money in return for losing absolute control of the way you run the business, an IPO should be considered.

In a technical sense, an IPO is a sale by you of your business for cash and or shares to a public company. In the sense that an IPO is a sale the considerations of selling (above) are relevant. When considering an IPO, you should consider:

  • Whether you are retiring from the business or relinquishing some control?
  • If you are remaining in the business but with lesser control, how much control will lose?

With an IPO, you must accept that your business is no longer yours. It will be owned and controlled by a public company – the public company in turn being controlled by directors and senior management. Is what you are to receive from the IPO enough consideration for you to take this risk?

Can the business afford the extra costs of operating as a listed company? Will the revenue of the business be enough to pay:

  • Independent directors
  • Listing fees
  • To manage compliance policies and procedures for such things as: ASX listing rules, competition and consumer practices, work, health and safety, employment, recruitment and dismissal, intellectual property, contracts, and any specific issues that are pertinent to the operations of the business

Closure

In leaving a business you may decide to stop trading. Your decision may be based upon you not being able or willing to sell something that has become part of your alter ego. It may be because there is no buyer. Whatever the reasons for closing down, the considerations you need to take account of are:

  • Do you have enough money on hand or from the sale of assets to pay all the debts of the business?
  • How much money will you have to pay the employees on them being made redundant?
  • What expenses will you incur in ceasing to use a business name or trade mark?
  • You must ensure that you have enough money to pay all creditors otherwise you must stop trading through bankruptcy or insolvency?
  • What expenses are there in deregistering a company if you operated your business through a corporation?
  • Is it the most appropriate course of action to stop trading and if so at what time? Should it be during a financial year or will there be tax benefits if it is just after the commencement of a new financial year?
  • Will you receive a capital loss by ceasing to operate the business?
  • By ceasing to trade, will you have the cash to be able to pay all the costs associated with the cessation of the business or will you need to find out the costs of ceasing to trade and then after saving the money required, close the doors? If you will need cash when will you be in a position to have the money to close the doors?

Retiring – Next Steps…

Having regard to the many considerations in leaving a business you must take the time to answer these questions. If in doubt seek expert advice on the various issues that need to be taken into consideration. You can contact us at etiennelawyers.com.au

To avoid costly mistakes, contact Etienne Lawyers: www.etiennelawyers.com or [email protected]ennelaw.com.

January 22, 2020 / by / in , ,
Different Types Of Equipment Finance

Businesses seeking out equipment finance have a number of options at their disposal, and it is important to thoroughly research and consider all options in determining what is the best type of finance for your business.

A one-size-fits-all approach does not apply when it comes to equipment finance, with individual businesses having a range of specific needs – and for this reason there are a number of different methods of financing available.

Selecting the right type of equipment financing could result in significant benefits for your business over the longer term, providing access to new equipment, and helping to manage cash flow and balance your business operations.

Equipment Finance Options

It is important for businesses considering using equipment financing to develop an understanding of the range of financial products available as part of the process of determining what their best option will be.

As advised via the business.gov.au website, the following are some of the types of business financial products available:

Loans – which can vary in the amount and term of the repayment, interest rate and type, fees and security, with it recommended to carefully check the product disclosure information carefully before applying, regardless of choice of product

  • Line of credit – providing funds access by allowing the borrower to draw on an account balance up to an approved limit, with the borrower able to draw funds at any time, as long as the balance does not exceed the limit
  • Commercial hire-purchase – purchasing the good via an initial deposit, and then leasing it while paying instalments and interest charges, while the instalments may be reduced by opting for a larger final
  • payment, often referred to as a “balloon”payment
  • Chattel mortgage – while similar to a hirepurchase agreement, the purchaser owns the asset from the start, requiring regular ongoing payments that can be reduced by opting for a larger final payment

When it comes to leasing equipment, financial products may be structured to provide a business the option to purchase equipment at the end of a lease, such as via a commercial hire-purchase, while other products see the lender retain ownership.

What is best for your business will depend upon both short-term and long considerations, and it is important to look to the long term and keep in mind potential future requirements.

Research The Options And Seek Out Expert Advise

For businesses weighing up their options, it is certainly worthwhile conducting independent research, including reviewing and offers, and consulting with a range of financial institutions.

It is well worth utilising the range of online resources available, including calculators provided by some institutions, delivering businesses insight into the size of payments that will be required and how often they will need to be made, along with cumulative interest paid and the total amount paid.

Of course, this sort of commitment is nothing to rush into and it is important to take the time to assess your financial situation in determining what will be best for your business, and to also consult with experts, such as an accountant, when further information is required.

In our next instalment in this series we will look at the respective pros and cons of leasing and buying equipment.

January 21, 2020 / by / in , ,
Harnessing Digital Technologies To Drive Business Growth

Businesses across a wide variety of sectors are actively harnessing digital technologies to drive business growth, and those that don’t may be missing out on opportunities and falling behind their competitors.

Recent research conducted by Deloitte Access Economics for the federal government and its Small Business Digital Champions

Project has highlighted increasing small business adoption of digital technologies. The research, which classified digital engagement as basic, intermediate, high and advanced based on use of varying social media, websites, marketing and data analytics tools, found that:

  • In 2019, 55 per cent of small businesses achieved high or advanced levels of digital engagement, up from 39 per cent estimated in similar research in 2017
  • Small businesses moving from basic to advanced digital engagement see a 60 per cent increase in revenue per employee, having earned on average 28 per cent higher revenue growth in the last 12 months
  • Cost is the most commonly cited barrier to small business digital engagement
  • Of businesses with basic levels of digital engagement, 51 per cent don’t understand the potential benefits of engagement
  • More businesses are using social media to maintain their online presence before establishing a website

Of course, the nature of digital engagement will be determined by day-to-day business operations, and it makes sense to carefully consider how engagement can complement operations in your business.

Making your business visible: the importance of an online presence Maintaining an online presence is a fundamental component of business digital strategy, essentially providing a reference point for potential customers.

The 2018 Telstra Small Business Intelligence Report points to the importance of being active online, revealing that for 71 per cent of consumers traditional “word-of-mouth” referral comes behind online search and online reviews.

The report additionally found that 89 per cent of customers want a website that’s easy to navigate, while 48 per cent will stop considering a business if it doesn’t have one.

Meanwhile social media platforms are another important tool via which businesses can establish an online presence, with last year’s Yellow Social Media Report revealing 79 per cent of Australians use social media, with 47 per cent of small-to-medium-sized businesses on social media.

Without an online presence, it becomes more difficult for potential new customers to find you, while utilising the range of online tools available can help businesses not only advertise, but also build credibility and encourage customer engagement.

For instance, via a website or social media platform, you can provide an overview of your business, along with photos and videos of different projects worked on and other relevant information, allowing customers an insight into your experience, approach and range of services.

Where to Start?

It is certainly worthwhile keeping up to speed with the ever-evolving range of digital tools that can potentially help grow your business.

As a starting point, a number of state government websites provide information on digital strategies, and may also have information on relevant workshops for small business owners.

It is also worthwhile referencing the business.gov.au website, which provides a range of information about digital tools, including information on creating an online presence. Information on the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solutions program can also be found at business.gov.au, with the ASBAS program designed to provide small businesses with advice about a range of digital solutions.

In the next issue we will look at how a small business in Arboriculture can make the most of the Small Business Digital Grants Program and how to be eligible for a government sponsored ‘digital makeover’

January 20, 2020 / by / in , , ,
Use Is Not Ownership

The difference between business names and trade marks.

What Is A Business Name?

Business names have been around for years. There is a big difference between a business name and a trade mark. Many business people don’t know the difference.

Business Names are not property: section 17 Business Names Registration Act 2011 (Cth). The purpose of registering a business name is to:

Identify the legal entity that carries on business under a name that is not their legal name.

For example, Sharon Smith is a landscaper. She carries on business under the business name: All Seasons Landscaping. All Seasons Landscaping is not her legal name.

Registration allows people to identify who they can sue by consulting the register.

Having a registered business name gives you no right of action against others.

The purpose of company name registration is to award a unique name to a corporation. Registration of use of trade description that is not your legal name is compulsory.

What Is A Trade Mark?

A trade mark can arise from use, or by registration.

The establishment of a trade description as a trade mark by use is an expensive process and requires a court case. The essential rule is to prove the user has a reputation associated with the trade mark. The court case usually arises when a competitor is attempting to pass off their mark – a mark that is deceptively like yours. Similar trade marks confuse customers. They don’t know if it is your goods or services or a competitors, resulting in you losing business.

A common-law trade mark can only be in a visual form.

Through registration, a trade mark can be:

  • a name
  • a trade description, that is visual
  • a sound
  • a shape or
  • a smell.

This is more expansive than just something visual. The main rule for registration is that the trade mark is distinctive.

A trade mark is a badge of recognition. When a person sees Coke, Pepsi or Lift they immediately know what is being offered to them.

Section 20 of the Trade Marks Act, 1995 (Cth) (TMA) gives the registered owner of a trade mark the exclusive rights to use that mark.

Section 21(1) of the TMA provides that a registered trade mark is personal property. As registered trade marks are property, all the rights of ownership attach to them.

The reputation of owning a registered trade mark is a valuable benefit. Proof of reputation is not required in infringement cases but it is for a common law trade mark. Your case in infringement proceedings will be stronger and less expensive.

Registration of a trade mark is not compulsory.

The Difference Between Business Names And Trade Marks

You own personal property but you cannot own something that is not property.

By law a business name is not property; it cannot ever become property. Not being property means no goodwill or legal rights to sell a business name will arise.

It is possible that use of a business or company name constitutes a common-law trade mark. Creating a registered trade mark is easy. It doesn’t make sense to take this business risk. You do not want to be in the same position as one example given by IP Australia: www.ipaustralia.gov.au/about-us/ public-consultations/archive-ip-reviews/ip-reviews/review-of-the-relationship-between-tm-names/issues-paper

A Brisbane woman was about to start up a new business and she learned that it could cost more than $1000 to register her trade mark. Her accountant advised her that it was cheaper to register a business name. He advised her that this could achieve ‘protection’ for her trading name for less than $100.

She took the advice and started using the registered business name. She did not search the trade mark register. Several months later the woman received a letter threatening her with legal action. The letter alleged she was infringing a trade mark made up of the same words. Clearly, the other business had prior rights to the name. She then had to make the difficult decision whether to resist the claims or to adopt a new trading name. She decided to adopt a new name even though the cost of doing so was considerable.

The purpose of registration of business names is to maintain a register. The register identifies those who operate a business under a name other than their own.

People wrongly believe that a business or company name:

  1. Confers a proprietary right in that name (like the protection of a registered trade mark)
  2. Registration offers immunity from infringement of another person’s registered trade mark

This misconception results in many people either:

  1. Not searching, or
  2. Undertaking insufficient searches of the trade mark register

These searches are to identify potential conflicting trade marks and they should be done before registering a business or company name.

The failure to search or undertaking insufficient searches can have drastic implications. The main one is they start a business unaware their registered business or company name infringes a registered trade mark. If the name infringes a registered trade mark, they may have to stop using their name. This can cause loss of reputation associated with the name. The business will have considerable expenses:

  1. To rebrand
  2. In paying their legal costs to sought out the mess; and
  3. The possibility of paying compensation to the registered trade mark owner and their legal costs

To avoid costly mistakes, contact Etienne Lawyers: www.etiennelawyers.com or [email protected].

January 19, 2020 / by / in , ,
Bandit Model 18XP Drum Chipper

This month we are test driving the Bandit Model 18XP 6-cylinder turbo diesel drum chipper. This is the largest chipper Bandit has to offer that’s less than 4.5 tonne.

This means the majority of chip trucks can tow this beast without requiring air lines for braking. Taking that into consideration, this Bandit is quite a large and powerful chipper for its class.

The build quality of the Bandit Model 18XP is typical of the high quality we have come to expect from Bandit, with quality hydraulic components including powerful feed roller drive motors that are 32cc each.

The oversized rollers are upward of 25 inches wide. These rollers are positioned right up against the chipping drum which reduces any chance of material being stuck between rollers and drum. Basically, if you can jam logs or brush in this Bandit’s throat, it’s going to become mulch – it’s that simple!

Bandit is squeezing a monster 173hp Caterpillar into this beast, boasting just shy of 1000Nm of torque. It’s a six-cylinder turbo diesel that loves to chug the logs down its throat. For its size it was a fire breathing timber eater!

The boys that had a go on it today said they were impressed at its barrel munching ability for its size, which I am certain is due to the extra torque of the 173hp Caterpillar engine.

We positioned the Bandit 18XP onto a very small truck to show this model isn’t over the top size-wise. It filled the 8-cube bin extremely fast.

Jamie (our fearless photographer) was very gutsy with the positioning of some of his expensive camera equipment to get some super footage for the magazine. I was sure we were going to lose a camera today.

On today’s job we used an old tractor to drag the branches to the chipper, due to the fact we couldn’t risk sinking the chipper into an absorption trench for the septic system. The plan worked well and, while the old tractor did its job, the crew and the old John Deere could keep the Bandit working. This is a very efficient chipper for its size. Every time I dragged a limb around to the machine, it was waiting in idle to be fired up for its next feed.

One of the new features I noticed on this model 18XP was the override system for the bump bar. It reminds me of another brand we used to say “I wish Bandit could do that”. Well, now they have done it properly. You can stand by the controls and punch a hydraulic leaver to override the safety bump bar and it makes for very easy operating. Such a simple but very effective upgrade makes this machine so much nicer to use.

Overall I’d highly recommend anyone after an 18 inch chipper to test drive this model before making any decisions. The crew were all fans of it and it’s right up there, in my opinion, to be a beast on any standard tree contracting team.

For more information call 1800 681 733 or visit www.banditchippers.com.au

January 18, 2020 / by / in , ,
Green Climber

Whether you are digging, trenching, slashing or dozing, the Green Climber makes mowing a safe job, with no compromises on precision and speed.

Meet the Italian made remote controlled Green Climber that is capable of tackling slopes up to 60 degrees.

Green Climber is the ultimate mower to clear and maintain areas on steep, difficult terrain that can be found on roadsides, parks and acreages. Maintaining these areas can require multiple types of costly equipment and in most cases putting the operator in dangerous situations. Green Climber is so much more than a mower with attachments for finish mowing, slashing, trenching, grinding stumps, moving soil or heavy material. Whether you want to mow grass, mulch thick scrub, dig a trench or even grind tree stumps in any sort of terrain, the Green Climber is the machine capable of doing it all.

Thanks to the extendable undercarriage tracks and low centre of gravity, the Green Climber’s unbelievable grip on the terrain allows it to tackle steep gradients with ease, resulting in a safe job executed with speed and precision.

As a result, safety-conscious maintenance companies and councils across Australia are investing in Green Climbers to help them tackle those challenging areas. The operator can safely operate the remote from up to 100 metres away, allowing them to clear areas beside highways and other high traffic areas without closing off lanes and disrupting traffic flow. The remote-control system operates start/stop of the engine, engine revs, forward/ reverse, steering, and all the hydraulic functions on the machine and the attachment.

Furthermore, it has a self-correcting steering system, that, in the event of very steep slopes can be used to correct the direction. All movements are controlled by a single joystick, allowing operators to have a free hand to use for other machine commands.

Book a test drive – take the controls and see for yourself how tough this versatile machine is.

For more information or to arrange a demonstration call 1800 088 567.

January 16, 2020 / by / in , ,
Why You Should Talk To An Insurance Broker?

Going direct to an Insurer may sometimes seem cheaper but this is rarely the case.

Would you fight a legal dispute without a solicitor? Would you lodge your company’s tax return without an accountant?

Would you use an unqualified person to cut down a tree? So why would you insure direct?

Insurance is complex – there are a myriad of policies on the market and by using a broker you can relax – we will do all the homework for you.

We are able to offer broad and tailored policy wordings for all your personal, commercial and industrial insurance requirements. As your professional insurance partner we can analyse your individual situation and needs and provide a professional tailored plan especially for you.

We know the Insurance Market and have the expertise and ability to negotiate competitive premiums and broad policy terms and conditions on your behalf. In many cases Brokers have access to enhanced wordings and greater benefits in your insurance policies. EG we can cover under your Home Insurance contents, including jewellery, up to $10,000 any one item at no additional charge.

With our experience we will ensure that your claims are negotiated and managed to best advantage with us doing all of the work to get you back to work quicker.

We also provide advice on how to make the most of your insurance budget and will explain your policy and any special conditions that you may need to be aware of.

Whether its business, home or motor insurance, Fitzpatrick & Co provides advice and assistance to make sure you are properly protected.

For more information or assistance with any of your insurance needs please contact Mick Le Grand, Director of Programs, at Fitzpatrick & Co. on (03) 8544 1634 or email [email protected] Fitzpatrick & Co. have been insuring in the Horticulture and Arboriculture industries for more than 20 years.

January 15, 2020 / by / in , ,
The 3315 Spider Lift Up, Over And Out

The 3315 Spider Lift from Monitor rules the roost when it comes to Tracked EWPs!

With its dual telescopic knuckle boom configuration the 3315 Spider Lift from Monitor allows 17 meters of up-and-over reach, 15 meters of horizontal reach, and max work height topping out at 33 meters.

Scanreco radio control operation for all functions, with class leading features such as “auto-stow / go-home” and “auto-level” make the 3315 Spider Lift a dream to use.

A powerful Kubota diesel engine comes standard, but also the hybrid option is becoming very popular. This provides an on-board Lithium battery system allowing the entire machine to be operated almost silently – brilliant for operating around quiet zones or after-hours, or even just to improve communication between ground and platform.

The “quick stick” feature allows the machine to set up with the bottom boom in the vertical position, yet the basket still at ground level, which then allows the operator to elevate from ground level to working height in a greatly reduced time frame. Also the huge amount of telescope in the bottom boom provides a vertical lift path if required. This clever design also provides zero tail-swing, meaning the 3315 is amazingly capable of operating in confined areas.

The heavy-duty crawler track system is hydraulically expandable, and expands “out and down” to increase departure angle and ground clearance, for rough off-road operation. Non-marking rubber tracks are available if required for operating on fragile surfaces, or new concrete, pavers, etc.

This 3315 Spider Lift is amazingly compact. With the basket removed, the length is only 6.5 meters. Height is 1.99 meters and width 1.39 meters (with tracks retracted) for narrow gateway or commercial doorway access.

The 3315 Spider Lift is available with three basket sizes, ranging from 1.4 – 2.2 meters wide. 230kg SWL is the same across all sizes.

Dual position outrigger legs allow versatile setup options, especially when operating in and around obstacles or tight areas. Full rotation, and full working height can still be achieved, even when the 3315 Spider Lift is setup in its narrowest setting of 3.38 meters. The clever angled and extra-long travel stabiliser legs mean you can not only set the 3315 up on very uneven ground, but it can also self-load onto some trucks and trailers.

With a low tare weight, transporting is much simpler and more economical than with much heavier conventional EWPs.

This low weight design also means the 3315 Spider Lift is ideally suited for craning onto sites and operating on load sensitive floors.

Combine this machine with Monitor’s market leading after sales support and technical knowledge, and there you have a winning package!

Contact Monitor Lifts on 1800 025 024 or at [email protected] for more details – Service support Australia wide.

January 14, 2020 / by / in , ,
Emergency Knives

Emergency knives are having a ‘momentum’ within the tree industry.

Arborlab Tree Care tells us all about their high quality range.

Over the last few months, ATC Products had had a number of arborists purchase their emergency knives. You know that knife that you should carry with you when climbing and something happens and you need to cut a rope to extricate yourself from a situation. The saw is too awkward and you need something like a pocket knife.

The knife most purchased has a serrated edge, is bright orange and has a whistle built in so you can gain a groundies attention.

SOS Pocket Knife with Whistle

This multi-functional knife is perfect for the outdoors: it cuts food and tougher stuff alike thanks to its micro-serrated blade. A fluorescent orange handle makes it easy to spot. Built-in safety clip for easy storage. A whistle built into the handle allows you to signal to others.

Brilliant for arborists and tree workers rescue requirements.

A number of climbers said that a knife is mandatory equipment. So ATC Products thought they better check it out to see if it is mandatory by legislation, or mandatory for the firm they were working with or those they were contracting to.

After a bit of homework it seems that it is not mandatory by legislation to carry an emergency knife, at this stage. But according to Wayne from InterLink Training and Peter from Training For Trees it is certainly something that should be considered as industry best practice.

Emergency Knife

Another of the knives that gained some real attention was the Multi-Tasking Emergency Knife.

The Emergency Knife is a must to keep on hand at all times. Sporting a resolutely futuristic look and equipped with all essential functions for emergencies: window breaker, belt cutter/rope cutter, carabiner and… bottle opener.

Child’s Knife

Wasn’t I surprised when two of the climbers purchased a Child’s Knife.

Finally a knife 100 per cent designed for children! Did I just read that correctly, children? Yes, children! With its ultra-simple push-button blade-locking system for opening and closing and rounded tip,

the child will be able to use it safely. The handle is designed to offer optimum ergonomics for small hands and the red cord will help the youngest keep it safe and close.

Don’t forget, the Child’s Knife also comes with a licence that must be explained and signed before little ones get their hands on it!

Pocket Knife ‘Papagayo’ Skinny

And who would have thought that an aborist, who is on his feet all day would go hiking and bushwalking on their days off. It surprised me. And this is the knife he chose to add to the pack.

Light, light, very light. The true enemy of hikers is the weight. They created this knife for all those who want to lighten their backpacks. To do so, they focused on the basics: a half serrated blade for hard cuts and a liner lock. The result: 45 grams that should definitely be in your backpack or pocket… it’s a pocket knife!

Guidelines for Arborists and Aerial Safety The guidelines for Aerial Safety mention that you should have a rope cutting knife in your rescue kit and preferably one on your person.

Last Word

Peter Chaffin from Training for Trees had the last word. “An emergency tree rescue kit, along with a trained and competent second climber, is required to be available on all aerial tree work sites and a sharp rope cutting knife is an essential component of any tree rescue kit.”

Put the headline in the search bar, or go straight to arborlab.com.au for more information. Alternatively call ATC Products on (07) 3823 1599.

January 13, 2020 / by / in , ,