Davit access systems are used when goods – or even people – have to be lowered or lifted. Davits are particularly useful in confined spaces, and can be either portable or permanently fixed. They have also been used in rescue operations. Davit access systems can be portable or can be used in a wide range of working environments, including on rail tracks.
Davits access systems are often used in addition to roof and wall safety to provide a suspension point that will:
• Clear non-load bearing parapets of a building or other architectural features that may be easily damaged.
• Access areas beyond these features which are hard to reach.
Features may include
• Glass or other finished parapets
• Decorative railings
• Overhangs and cornices
• Sloped glazing
Davits access systems may be ground-rigged or roof-rigged. Ground-rigged davits provide an anchorage point for suspending a platform situated on a lower level (e.g. sidewalk or street below). Roof-rigged davits enable workers to initially rig and board a powered platform on the roof, which will then be launched outboard over the parapet and suspended along the building face.
Consideration needs to be given to providing sufficient landing surface on the rooftop for the platform and a suitable load-bearing track for safely rolling it on the roof to successive drop locations. Horizontal clearance is required for the davits to rest on the deck during set-up and dismantling. Despite the wide range of davit systems available, their principle is very simple: they are used to lift equipment or people as securely and safely as possible.
• Davits for parapets
• Davits for roofs
High Access Solutions offer our clients a full design and installation service, we undertake surveys and produce CAD drawings for each project. Please contact us for all your work at height project requirements.