Davit System Test & Inspection

Expert Davit test & inspection: Your comprehensive guide

Davit systems are used where there is a requirement to suspend a load over a roof edge, parapet, or glazing system.

A davit system typically takes one of two forms:

  • Permanent socket and temporary davit

  • Permanent davit

The majority of applications that we encounter are for the suspension of personnel in the form of either an abseil or cradle system. Due to the load which davit arms can support, it is required to have them inspected regularly.

Eurosafe provides a full davit system inspection service. This includes inspection, examination, certification, and any maintenance works required, and a full testing service for installed and removable davit systems.

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The following standards are applicable when testing and inspection davit systems:

  • LOLER – in accordance with BS EN 795

  • BS EN 7985

  • BS EN 7883

It is the duty holder’s responsibility that the inspection, examination, maintenance, and testing are carried out and that reports are issued and retained. Eurosafe is also able to ensure that all of the required davit inspection processes are carried out and that reports are retained on behalf of the duty holder.

Frequency of Inspection

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment, including davit arms.

Inspections of davit systems must be carried out in accordance with LOLER recommendations. When the davit is used for raising and lowering goods and materials all lifting accessories should be inspected every 6 months and all other lifting equipment should be inspected every 12 months.

Under LOLER recommendations a bi-annual inspection is required when the davit system is installed in accordance with BS 8610:2017 to provide a suspension point for personnel to undertake work that requires industrial roped access or abseil.

When equipment and any associated accessories are used to lift people, davit system inspection should occur every 6 months as a minimum. The process of this examination is determined by the person carrying it out.

BS EN 7985 is the code of practice for the use of rope access methods for industrial purposes. This code of practice applies to davit inspection when the davit arm is installed to provide a suspension point for industrial roped access or abseil. Under BS EN 7985 the davit arm would require inspection on a 6-month basis.

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