What is a rescue winch?

A personnel rescue winch is necessary when working in confined spaces because it provides fall arrest protection for rescue, entry and retrieval. A winch consists of a cable around a horizontal rotating drum and is turned by a crank or motor.

Why are winches important when working in confined space?

If you’re entering a confined space, there is a lot of things to consider. We cover that topic on our page Confined Space Safety Equipment.

One of the most important questions you need to ask yourself when sending workers into a confined space is: “How do I plan on getting my staff out if there’s an emergency?”

Retrieval winches are an essential component for confined space entry and rescue.

Most winches are designed to use as a primary work line when lowering or raising personnel.

Do I need to service a safety winch?

Yes, you need to have your safety winch serviced regularly to ensure it’s in good working order.

Manufacturers recommend that you have your winch serviced and re-certified every year. There are also monthly checks and checks you should complete before each use. Learn more about safety winch servicing and get a quote.

Along with servicing winches, you should have the following serviced regularly:

  • harness
  • retractable lanyard
  • self-retracting lifeline (SRL)
  • tripod
  • davit arm, and
  • static line.

Levitt-Safety will inspect, clean, service and proof-load your fall protection equipment. Learn more about the services we offer.

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