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If your worksite includes small confined spaces, you will need a davit as part of the fall protection equipment for the job. A davit is a crane-like device made of steel or aluminum and designed for supporting, raising, laterally moving, and lowering people and/or working platforms, or other heavy equipment.
OSHA defines confined spaces as workplaces that are not necessarily designed for people, but are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. A confined space is not designed for continuous occupancy and has a limited or restricted means for entry or exit.
There are many different types of work situations where a davit is necessary:
Since applications for a davit system can be so different, davits come in a variety of styles, whether they are used to prevent or stop a fall, provide rescue, or support scaffolding and/or transport materials.You should always ensure that the system you want to use accommodates for the specific application and be sure to match the appropriate base to the maximum davit reach for usage.
Most davits suit a temporary situation by having a portable base that can be easily moved from one workspace or jobsite to another, like our Fall Tech 5-Piece Confined Space Davit System. But, if your application requires a permanent solution, you can accomplish this with the appropriate base mount accessory. Your work situation may or may not require a winch to assist in raising and lowering. Or, your application may need a rotating arm to adjust the angles for movement. All system components must be made from materials that are strong enough to withstand exposure to the elements. Always choose a system that maximizes strength while minimizing weight.
We carry a wide selection of Fall Tech and Guardian davits and components to accommodate any need you may have, allowing you the flexibility to plan for a variety of scenarios. Do you need a davit with a winch? You might take a look at the Fall Tech 5-Piece Confined Space Davit System that includes an arm and receiver bracket for a winch or SRL-R device. Or, maybe you need a davit system with a personnel winch including galvanized steel cable like our Fall Tech 5-Piece Davit System w/ Personnel Winch. If you need a davit system with a 3-way SRL-L, we’ve got the Fall Tech 5-Piece Davit System w/ 3-Way SRL-R that includes a 60’ 3-way SRL-R with galvanized steel cable.
We also carry components for your davit systems, like arms with telescoping and receiver brackets (Davit Arm, 24” to 44” w/ Device Receiver Bracket) and lower mast extensions that allow you to quickly change the overall height of your system (Fall Tech Lower Mast Extension). For hoist systems that can handle the heavy loads, look at something like our Guardian Pro-3 Heavy Duty Hoist System.
Associated Scaffolding is eager to help you in selecting just the right confined space davit system for your application. For your convenience, you can order online or come into one of our brick and mortar stores located in Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, and Charlotte NC as well as Columbia, SC, Knoxville, TN and Richmond, VA! Contact us today or call us at 1-800-768-2655 for assistance.