The Benefits of Davit Arm Systems
Davit arms offer multiple benefits and can be highly effective depending on the application of the system. Davit arm systems offer an advantage over anchor points, for example, as they can provide up to 1800mm outreach, minimising the need for ropes trailing over parapet cappings or balustrades. If you need to complete regular maintenance checks or cleaning duties around the facade of a building then they can provide paramount access.
These systems are also commonly used in rescue situations due to their fail safe natures. Davit arms comply fully to fall arrest and restraint requirements and can be fitted with various rescue systems, such as a ‘man-riding’ winch plus a separate recovery system.
As a façade access system, davit arms are not only ideal for lowering a worker over the side of a building to negate the need for them to touch the side, they are also a great option for lowering a worker in a narrow space, where manual abseil would constrict the space further.
Permanent and Temporary Davit Arms
Permanent davit arm applications can be rotated 180 degrees inboard of the parapet for ease of initial rigging and portable systems will allow for ground rigging with lightweight aluminium options used for roof rigging. Bespoke bases offer a great deal of versatility to suit particular applications (e.g. abseil davit systems). The use of davit sockets allows for temporary set up of davit systems which can be taken down after use if roof space is a necessity.
LOLER Compliant Working at Height Systems
Davit arm systems are typically installed at 2-3 metre intervals and can even be used to raise and lower materials under LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations). Davit arms can allow you to lift equipment, not just workers, should this be a necessity to you, providing you have the required certification and training. Most davit arm systems are compatible with various rescue aids to ensure full compliance.
These systems must be inspected before and after every use by a trained user. They must be inspected and tested by a suitable working at height Specialist Company a minimum of every 6 months and/or after every fall.
Get in Touch for Davit Arm Systems
Our davit arms and davit sockets are available in a range of different materials and finishes including aluminium, galavanised steel, stainless steel and powder coated. For any questions regarding davit arms, davit arm materials or our facade access services, we will be happy to help you.
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Davit arm systems can provide elevated anchorage allowing for abseil, rescue/evacuation and material handling. These systems have the ability to swing over the edge of the building to allow users to descend / ascend while never coming in contact with the building.
Davit arm systems are particularly useful on buildings with isolated strips such as stairwells or for roof-mounted applications where it is not possible to provide parapet protection.
Davit systems comply with the following standards:
BS EN 795:2012 Personal fall Protection Equipment – Anchor Devices
BS 8610:2017 Personal Fall Protection Equipment – Anchor Systems
Testing/Inspection standards and frequency:
LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) 1998 – minimum of every 12 months and/or after every fall by a working at height specialist company
These systems must be inspected before and after every use by a trained user.
Davit arm systems are available in a range of materials and finishes, Please see below:
- Galvanised Steel
- Stainless Steel
- Powder Coated to any RAL colour
Davit arm systems can be fixed be structurally secured on any good quality structure which is capable of withstanding the additional loading exerted by the system.
Davit systems are also known as:
davit arms, rope access davits, abseil davits
These systems are commonly installed in the following sectors:
Hotels / Leisure
Available Materials & Finishes