Outrigger v. Davit system: Who Reigns Supreme?

Posted by facadeaccess on Apr 9, 2018 4:07:45 PM

There are many ways to access the exterior of a building. You can use an extension ladder, high reach extension poles, or a boom lift (cherry picker), but these are only used for structures that are under four stories. When working with buildings taller than four stories you will have to use something that is more appropriate. As a building owner, you have several options; two common options are an Outrigger system and a Davit system. There are pros and cons for either system. A significant factor will be the city and/or state regulatory codes and standards because they will impact the decision. We compare the two systems here to explain their features and settle the long-running debate (we didn't just make it up for this article).

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Tags: davit, davits, facade access, anchors, davit failure, davit pedestal, high rise, high rise window cleaning

Teaming up with Newport Beach Fire

Posted by facadeaccess on Mar 29, 2018 12:04:53 PM

A few years ago, Newport Beach Fire contacted Olympique in order to learn how to operate their city’s facade access equipment. There was strong focus on learning how to assist those caught in a swing stage emergency. When David Ortiz, CEO of Olympique, was asked why this kind of training was necessary, he responded, “Recent accidents in suspended access equipment on high-rise buildings in Newport Beach prompted the fire department to acknowledge their need for a better understanding of this equipment so they can perform rescue operations."

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Living Facades - What are they and how do you maintain them

Posted by facadeaccess on Feb 27, 2018 4:13:38 PM

Living buildings are starting to become a regular part of most downtown skylines. A decade ago they were seen as oddities that would probably fade away along with the craze in ‘going green.' Fast forward to today, and we can see that hasn't happened as living building facades have only grown in popularity. Which leaves us with the question: How do you perform maintenance on the exterior of a living building?

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Tags: davit, davits, exterior building maintenance, facade access, high rise window cleaning

Montreal window-washers: No special training required | Montreal Gazette

Posted by facadeaccess on Apr 11, 2016 7:18:18 PM


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Indonesian maid falls to death in window-cleaning accident

Posted by facadeaccess on Jan 15, 2016 7:26:53 AM


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Two Window Cleaners Plunge From High-Rise, Land On Awning in Sydney CBD Accident

Posted by facadeaccess on Oct 20, 2015 6:27:35 PM


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Window washer in Tacoma falls to death from downtown building | The News Tribune

Posted by facadeaccess on Sep 19, 2015 1:04:21 PM


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U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition Names Winning Designs | Architect Magazine | Competitions, Wood, Technology, Engineered Wood

Posted by facadeaccess on Sep 19, 2015 12:59:59 PM


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Tags: wood building, Industry News

Window washer falls from 6th floor of Northwestern Memorial Hospital | abc7chicago.com

Posted by facadeaccess on Aug 5, 2015 10:48:03 PM


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Cal/OSHA Finds Employer at Fault in Window Washer's Fall -- SAN FRANCISCO, May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Posted by facadeaccess on May 20, 2015 10:26:16 PM


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Tags: Accidents - Facade Access, Industry News