This vehicle hitch mount sleeve is constructed of zinc-plated steel, and accommodates a 29 in. maximum offset mast, such as the Advanced 1 Piece 12-29 Inch Adjustable Offset Mast. It comes with a powder coated aluminum stabilizer bar to resist movement from side-to-side. This unit is designed to slide into a 2 in. hitch receiver on an attendant vehicle where it is secured with a detent pin. No tools required!
What this provides is a portable anchor point for confined space entry, retrieval, rescue and fall arrest systems. The typical applications include lowering and raising both equipment and personnel at remote pumping stations and underground vaults. The more distinctive uses we have seen are rescue and retrieval over the side of a bridge, or even at the edge of a settling pond.
What makes this system so unique is that unlike a Confined Space Tripod, or even the Advanced 5-Piece Hoist System, is that you have the portable anchor point right up at the edge of wherever your vehicle can take you. Having a man-rated davit arm extending out into space, right where you need it, is not something usually found. Please use your imagination to see where this might have saved time or made the access a little safer.
To accommodate your specific work environment, this Advanced system has accessories that extend the usable terrain on which you can safely operate. A variety of sockets, extensions and accessories are available to make the sleeve more versatile.
UCL Advanced Vehicle Hitch Mount Sleeve 8510140 - Video
Vehicle Hitch Mount Sleeve Video Transcript
Rick: Hi, this is Rick Pedley, and welcome to pksafety.com. Today I'm here with Chris Coyle from Capital Safety, makers of DBI-SALA fall protection equipment and this: the Advanced Hitch Mount System. This is a unique product with amazing versatility when you're out in the field. In particular, you're not in your waste water treatment plant, you're not in your place where you've got all of your equipment. You can go out on the road with this. Let's start looking at some of the things Chris wants to show us.
Chris: Yeah, so, like Rick had mentioned, this is a device that's going to be very beneficial to you if you're out moving around in different access points, different liftings stations, different manholes, or whatever it may be. It's provides kind of a all-in-one solution to those different entry points for confined spaces.
And so what we have here, as Rick mentioned, is our vehicle mount system. So it creates a davit base off the back of your truck hitch. We've got an extension here on the back to provide us with a little more reach, so we don't have to be right on top of the confined space with our truck. Very important that when we are using this piece of equipment that we have some sort of a lockout plan so we don't have some guy --
Rick: --turn off the key and go!
Chris: Yeah, so we don't have someone drop into the truck and take off without realizing that he had somebody anchored to it. So that's a very important factor when using this particular product.
So what we've got is a device hooked into the back of the hitch already. We would use our standard mast that we can use with any of the various other bases that we have. So that will drop right into our receiver, and then we have our upper arm… going on top of that. So then we're put in place, and if we want to lock it down to prevent it from swiveling, we can do that. But the nice part about this device is that it's designed to rotate if we're picking somebody out of a hole.
Rick: Right, so the mast is adjustable for reach, and of course you can swing it. We mount our winch on the backside for entry and retrieval, and if this holder we're going into does not have a ladder, we can also put our self retracting lifeline in with retrieval on the front. So both lines can go through the same device. You see, you just back your truck up, put this into any standard receiver hitch and it's very lightweight, very easy to setup and you're good to go! It's a pretty interesting system and very popular!
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