Davit System Inspection

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Wikstrom Engineering Consulting

Providing inspections and certification of rooftop anchor systems is what we do, and we do it well.

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Wikstrom Engineering provides annual inspections, testing and recertification for davit systems on commercial buildings across the United States.

Commercial Roof Davit System Testing, Inspection and Certification

Rooftop facade access safety starts with building tie-off anchorages and equipment such as davit systems (bases and arms), roof anchors, horizontal lifelines and other structural tie-off points. Workers use these to attach their harnesses, platforms, and safety equipment while accessing a building’s facade for maintenance, cleaning, or repair. Regulations and codes are put in place by OSHA and other regulating bodies to ensure those systems are in good working order and that they have enough redundancies in place to limit harm from unforeseen events.

Rooftop Davit System Testing Ensures Worker Safety & Limits Liability

To help our customers meet national and regional regulations and standards such as OSHA, ASME, & IWCA, Wikstrom Engineering Consulting offers testing and certification of your davit systems, roof anchors, and other tie-back anchors. Davit systems certification testing must be performed and documented every 10 years to meet minimum safety requirements. Many building owners have their davits tested every 5 years, however, due to heavy use, type of connection to the structure, exposure to extreme weather, lower risk tolerance, or to limit building liability. The 10-year timeline written into the regulations is often viewed as the minimum needed for safety and a 5-year testing cycle provides the highest confidence that davit arms and bases are safe for workers and gives peace of mind to those responsible for building and worker safety. Some davit systems are required to be tested every 5 years.

Falls are one of the leading causes of traumatic workplace injury in the USA. OSHA estimates that their 2017 fall protection requirements will prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost-workday injuries every year.

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What to Expect: Davit Inspection, Testing & Certification

When it comes to testing and inspecting commercial rooftop davits (& anchors), Wikstrom Engineering:

  • Performs all necessary load or pull testing to comply with national and regional regulations such as OSHA 1910, ASME A120.1, and IWCA I-14.1, as well as to meet all industry standards for testing and certification requirements.
  • Tests any and all brands of davit and anchor equipment to the same standards. We remain an independent engineering company solely focused on inspecting and testing rooftop safety equipment and is not affiliated with any specific brand which means we will provide an expert professional unbiased test or inspection you can be confident in.
  • Will provide, upon testing completion, a report of results for every davit base and/or davit arm test. Details will be provided for any failures and suggestions for remedies will be included. At the work’s conclusion, you will receive an engineer-stamped report of test results and a Certification of Compliance document for all davits  and anchors that pass.
  • Will produce and provide both a digital and physical logbook for each building to show certification and to track inspections, in accordance with IWCA I-14.1 Window Cleaning Safety Standard, Sec. 7.3.2.

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Additional Certification Considerations

In addition to annual inspections, to meet OSHA tie off anchor requirements best practices you should have your building and equipment re-certified in the following situations:

  • When equipment is modified or removed from the structure
  • When your building is re-roofed or renovated
  • When the equipment shows excessive wear or damage
  • Periods not to exceed 10 years

Learn more about OSHA regulations & compliance >


Wikstrom Engineering is a National Rooftop Safety Expert – Contact Us Today to Get a Quote Started!

Lorne Wikstrom and his team have the qualifications and the knowledge built over 14 years of working in the field to ensure that testing meets Federal OSHA regulations, local requirements, and industry standards. Fall protection violations remain OSHA’s most frequent citation, so it pays to ensure your inspection is performed by the right team of experts. We adhere to the most stringent testing methods first to keep workers safe, then to limit a building’s liability, and then again to meet all necessary regulations and requirements – worker’s safety is always first.

Reach out for a no-nonsense quote and our team will get back to you in a timely manner.

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