Good point Alan,
I'm not looking to glorify the fact that someone had an accident here, more of the opposite.
That fall from that pole must have hurt, I've had the same fall myself out in the field, but it wasn't from cutting a line.
From what I can make out this was part of training in Pole Top rescue and anyone that has ever been involved in that before, knows that you have to work quickly but at the same time keep your head.
You only cut the victim's pole strap after there is someone to bear their wieght on the Rescue line.
Same side of the coin, we use Line Mechanics here instead of hectors and we have never had a single injury.
I guess it could be the calibre of our staff.
But when it comes down to it, you could be rescuing that same guy next week or tommorrow, you should be able to feel what the wieght of a real human being feels like on the end of a Rescue line.