Instead of the traditional tripod, hoist systems from Unique Concepts Ltd. rest on four feet to help keep workers safe during confined-space entries
By Erik Gunn
Working in underground confined spaces requires adequate training, an alert, attentive crew, and the right equipment. Confined-space gear consists of a stable hoist to lower workers safely into the work area, and monitors to make sure the air is breathable.
The Safety Division of Milwaukee Rubber Products, based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., distributes confined-space entry gear that includes hoists and bases manufactured by Unique Concepts Ltd. (A Capital Safety Co.), based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The Unique Concepts Ltd. (UCL) design is distinctive because, instead of a tripod, it incorporates a four-point, modular design for greater stability. Legs that can be adjusted to various widths allow one unit to be deployed in a variety of situations.
A demonstration of a model of the UCL Advanced Safety Systems hoist, along with monitors manufactured by BW Technologies Ltd. and Industrial Scientific Corp., was conducted March 15 on the premises of Lighthouse Safety LLC, a consulting practice in Brookfield, Wis. Giving the demonstration were Milwaukee Rubber Products representative Dennis Noble and Lighthouse Safety representatives John Corriveau and Brian Corcoran.
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