Building maintenance is a crucial aspect of property management, ensuring safety, aesthetics, and functionality. At Facade Equipment Inspection Services (FEIS), we understand the challenges property managers face in maintaining mid-rise and high-rise buildings. One of the most effective maintenance solutions we recommend is the use of davit arms. This blog post will delve into the benefits of davit arms for building maintenance, their applications, and compliance with Cal-OSHA standards.

What Are Davit Arms?

Davit arms are essential components in building maintenance systems, particularly for mid-rise and high-rise structures. These are engineered lifting devices used to suspend platforms or stages that facilitate access to the exterior of buildings. They are typically mounted on the roof and can be swung out over the edge to allow workers to perform maintenance tasks safely and efficiently from suspended scaffolding platforms (also referred to as swing stages).

Key Features of Davit Arms

  • Versatility: Davit arms can be used for various maintenance tasks, including window cleaning, spot caulking, painting, window replacement, facade inspections, and repairs.
  • Safety: They provide a secure anchorage for workers, reducing the risk of falls.
  • Ease of Use: Davit arms are relatively easy to install and operate, making them a practical choice for building engineers and vendors hired by property managers.

The Benefits of Using Davit Arms for Building Maintenance

Enhanced Safety

Safety is paramount in any building maintenance activity. Davit arms are designed to comply with Cal-OSHA standards, providing a stable and secure platform for workers. According to Cal-OSHA guidelines, fall protection systems must be in place for any work conducted at heights above six feet. Davit arms offer a reliable anchorage point, significantly reducing the risk of falls and ensuring worker safety.

Increased Efficiency

Davit arms streamline the maintenance process by allowing easy access to hard-to-reach areas of the building. This efficiency translates to faster completion of tasks and reduced downtime for the building.


Investing in davit arms can result in long-term cost savings. By facilitating regular maintenance and timely repairs, davit arms help prevent the deterioration of the building’s exterior, thereby extending its lifespan. Additionally, the efficiency gained from using davit arms can reduce labor costs and minimize disruptions to building operations.

Applications of Davit Arms in Building Maintenance

Window Cleaning

One of the most common applications of davit arms is window cleaning. High-rise window cleaning can be a daunting task, but with davit arms, workers can safely and efficiently clean windows, ensuring a clear and aesthetically pleasing facade.

Facade Access Equipment Inspections

Regular facade access equipment inspections are essential for maintaining the structural integrity of a building. Davit arms provide the perfect solution for accessing and inspecting every part of the building’s exterior. By using davit arms, inspectors can identify and address potential issues before they escalate into costly repairs.

Repair and Restoration Work

Davit arms are also ideal for conducting repair and restoration work on building exteriors. Whether it’s fixing cracks, replacing damaged panels, or restoring the facade’s appearance, davit arms provide the necessary support and access for workers to perform these tasks effectively.

Compliance with Cal-OSHA Standards

Ensuring compliance with Cal-OSHA standards is critical for any building maintenance activity. Cal-OSHA has specific requirements for fall protection systems (§1670. Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Personal Fall Restraint Systems and Positioning Devices).  Properly rated davit arms are one piece that help buildings meet these stringent standards. Davit arms, when properly installed and maintained, ensure the safety of workers and compliance with regulations (§3295. Powered Platform Installations–Equipment).


Davit arms are a powerful tool in the arsenal of building maintenance solutions. Their versatility, safety, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness make them an excellent choice for property managers and maintenance teams. At Facade Equipment Inspection Services (FEIS), we have extensive experience in the installation and use of davit arms, and we are committed to helping our clients maintain their buildings to the highest standards.

For more information on how davit arms can benefit your building maintenance program, or to schedule an inspection, contact FEIS today. Unlock the power of davit arms and ensure your building remains safe, beautiful, and functional for years to come.