Layken started off with gumboots and gloves on and experimented and negotiated with various ways to keep the branch still enough to saw. He noticed that his gumboots were in the way (it’s quite challenging to sit down in gumboots) so he took them off. He tested his foot position on the branch in several spots before he found a comfortable, strong and supportive position where he could wrap his toes around the branch. With the stick now balanced he began to saw. Discovering that he couldn’t grip the handle of the saw as tight as he needed to took the glove off. With his body balanced and his grip on the saw now tight he was able to begin sawing through the branch. Dynamic risk negotiation in action. We were close by should there have been a need to intervene or support further risk assessing. Trust, space and time was all that was needed in this case.

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