Rick Pedley: Hi this is Rick Pedley, and welcome to pksafety.com.
I'm here today with Chris Coyle from Capital Safety, the manufacturers of DBI-SALA and in this case the Advanced Safety products. What we're going to be looking at today is their five-piece system, which is very popular with municipalities and a tremendously flexible system, as you'll come to see.
So, Chris is going to show us how to put this together.
Chris Coyle: Yes, exactly. What's some of the main benefits of this type of system -- this 5-Piece Davit System -- versus a standard tripods, which is what you normally see in a confined space entry/retrieval situation… like Rick had mentioned… it's very popular with water districts and municipalities because a lot of the times what they're dealing with are double-hatch doors where a standard tripod cannot fit over that.
Rick: Right, the door is up -- not gonna fit!
Chris: So we're looking for a solution that's a little bit more versatile and portable at the same time. So what we have here is our 5-Piece Davit System and I'm going to kind of walk through and show you how it's put together and what the finished product looks like.
As we mentioned, it is a 5-piece system, so we've got our two side legs and a center support. So what we'll be doing to put this thing together -- it's got various adjustments, various holes along the base, so it allows us to get that to different widths depending upon how wide our axis point is. So we've just got a series of detent pins that we're going to be dropping into these holes to allow for a secure connection… it'll take a little bit of maneuvering to get the holes to line up here…
Rick: It's made of aluminum… it's amazingly light. Each piece is very easy to carry. I think that's one of the main advantages versus other products is how easy this is to work with.
Chris: So now we're going to be assembling our post. So basically we've got a number of different heights and reaches that we can use to access our confined space. So we'll drop our center post in, and then we'll begin to assemble the other davit arm of the vice. Again, fairly straightforward. Just gonna kinda piece it together here… a series of different detent pins allow us to get our system in place.
Rick: So, I'm not seeing you use any tools, Chris!
Chris: No, it's.. uh… a simple setup once you've done it once or twice, it's a very quick and easy thing for you to do. Simple pin locks here and there, and then we've got our setup. And there we are!
Rick: It's all setup now. We would take a winch, attach this to the back -- gotta be for a simple lowering and retrieval. We can add a second winch to this if we're going into a hole that has no ladder or other means of support. You need two: fall protection and retrieval. They both fit on the same unit. Once broken down, it can fit into the bed of your pickup truck, or really, even into the trunk of your car, I'd say. It's pretty awesome, and very popular.
One other thing that's really cool -- versus a tripod -- is that you think about the hole being right down in front of us. With this, you can take the person -- or maybe it's even a piece of equipment -- and we can pivot it out of the way. This thing, even with 300 pounds on it, pivots very easily in the sleeve. It's a really tremendous system, and we've sold a ton of them!
Chris: And the nice thing about this post here is that if we're working in an area in which even the base wouldn't work, we have a number of different styles of base systems. So, where this, for example, is a wall mount which can go up against a concrete structure strong enough to support it… clip up against the wall… and if we need to transport our davit system, we can pull that out of the hole and bring it over and droop it to another base. So it's a very versatile rescue and entry feature.