Davit Arms Systems Offer Variable Configurations For Rescue and Retrieval
A Davit Arm System Is Necessary Equipment For Confined Space Entry
Davit arms systems are most often used in fall protection for confined space entry and retrieval, as well as rescue. Variable configurations of this unique equipment from many different manufacturers allow for it to be temporary or permanent, manual or motorized, adjustable or fixed, and are available in many different sizes. Once selected and adapted for a specific location, they are an integral part of any plan meeting the requirements of OSHA Regulation 1910.146 – Permit Required Confined Spaces.
Davit Arms Allow For Extraction Without Putting Other Workers At Risk
During confined space entry, davit arms can aid in lowering a worker down a vertical shaft during entry, such as a tank, vessel, silo, storage bin, hopper, vault, or pits. When the worker is connected prior to entry and remains connected for the entire time in the confined space as required by OSHA, any extraction, including a rescue, can be accomplished without putting another worker at risk. As with any potentially dangerous situation, advance planning and coordination is a critical component of worker safety.
Below are a few examples of how these solutions can be applied. To speak to a FallProof expert, please call us at the number below, or click on the blue button. You also may use our quick Contact Us or Request a Quote form. Feel free to upload drawings and other information that might help us evaluate your needs.
Davit arms play a large role in confined space entry, retrieval and rescue. Due to their versatility and range of configurations, they are adaptable to many types of situations and applications. Pictured above is one such configuration. This is a temporary type of base that allows entry without the need for drilling or concrete anchoring.
Pictured above is another temporary configuration. Here, a worker needs to be tied off for entry in a remote location with no adequate super-structure to attach the device. This particular configuration uses the weight of the vehicle and a supporting ground leg to secure it in place. This allows the worker to meet the safety requirements of OSHA 1910.146.
Alluding again to the many configurations and adaptations that can be made for davit arms, pictured above is a Capital Safety adjustable model. It allows for adjustments within the mast arm to offer more range and flexibility. By allowing the user to adjust the mast up or down, this particular model could work well in areas where overhead clearance restrictions exist. It can be used with many different permanent and portable bases, providing great flexibility.
Pictured above is the installation of a davit arm that FallProof did for a customer on top of a cooling tower at a power plant. This was a permanent installation that was to be used in a rescue or retrieval situation. Should someone fall or get injured, it could be used to lower them safely to the ground or hoist them back up to safety.
This particular picture shows a permanent installation into a concrete wall. This mounting application could also be used with steel structures. If you have a wastewater holding tank or other similar confined space area that needs constant maintenance and repair, a permanent installation is the way to go. This will allow for safe entry, retrieval, and rescue and will be ready and operational when needed by your workers.
Another temporary solution, this particular model connects directly to a steel beam. While construction is one application, anywhere with an exposed steel structure will allow you to connect to it, either permanently or temporarily, and the model pictured shows offers 3 tie-off points for rescue, retrieval, confined space, and material handling.
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