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Understanding the Confined Space Tripod Rescue System

French Creek Confined Space Tripod Rescue System from LGH.Working in confined spaces presents unique challenges and hazards, especially when it comes to the risk of falls. In these environments, rescuing a fallen or injured worker is not just about quick response, but also about having the right equipment to safely execute the rescue. Among the various safety systems available, the Confined Space Tripod Rescue System stands out for its simplicity and effectiveness.

In this blog post, we’ll explore what a Tripod Rescue System is, how it works, and why it is a vital piece of safety equipment for confined space operations.


What is a Tripod Rescue System?

A Tripod Rescue System is a type of safety equipment used primarily for entry and rescue operations in confined spaces such as tanks, manholes, and pits. The system consists of a sturdy, adjustable tripod made from durable aluminum. This tripod can support significant vertical loads of up to 5,000 pounds. The robust framework provides a secure anchor point for rescue and retrieval tools, including winches and self-retracting lifelines (SRLs).


This graphic highlights some of the key features and benefits of a Confined Space Tripod Rescue System from LGH.


Key Components and Setup

The core of the system is the TP7 Series Aluminum Tripod. The TP7 features adjustable legs that can extend to different lengths (typically seven or nine feet) to accommodate various entry points. The legs are equipped with locking pins, safety chains, and friction pads to ensure stability and security once positioned. At the head of the tripod, dual anchor points allow for the attachment of a work winch and a rescue SRL, enabling both material lifting and personnel retrieval.

Tripod Rescue System demonstration from LGH

A single worker can quickly and easily set up the tripod, which is essential in emergency situations. Each leg’s height adjusts independently, allowing for setup on uneven surfaces while maintaining balance.

The system includes a retractable, three-way rescue SRL that can lift and lower a worker smoothly during rescue operations. For material handling, the MW50 heavy-duty material winch with a friction brake is used to prevent free-wheeling under load.

Applications and Benefits

The primary use of the Tripod Rescue System is to facilitate safe and efficient access to and from confined spaces. It is particularly useful in locations without a built-in means of entry, such as ladders or steps. The system’s design allows for rapid deployment, which is essential in reducing downtime and responding to emergencies swiftly.

The benefits of using a tripod system include:

  • Ease of Use:

    Tripods are relatively simple to set up and operate, making them ideal for general confined space work.

  • Portability and Durability:

    Lightweight yet sturdy, tripods are easy to transport and set up on various worksites.

  • Cost-Effectiveness:

    Compared to other confined space entry systems, tripods are generally more affordable due to their simpler design and fewer components.


Limitations and Considerations

While tripod systems are suitable for many confined space situations, they are not universal solutions. They are best used in vertical applications on level, stable surfaces. In environments with uneven terrain, non-vertical entries, or other complex conditions, alternative systems such as Davit Systems might be necessary to ensure safety.


Rescue Tripod System lowering from LGHSafety and Training

Regardless of the equipment used, understanding the specific hazards of confined spaces is crucial. Proper training on how to effectively use confined space systems, like tripods, is essential. This includes knowing how to set up the equipment correctly, how to operate it under various conditions, and how to respond in an emergency. Comprehensive training ensures that all team members are prepared to use the system safely and effectively.



The French Creek Tripod Rescue System is an invaluable tool for ensuring the safety of workers in confined spaces. Its robust design, ease of use, and effectiveness in providing secure descent and retrieval capabilities make it a preferred choice for many industries.

However, always remember that the right training and preparation are just as important as having the right equipment. By understanding and respecting the challenges of confined spaces, we can better protect those who work within them.

For more information on our safety solutions and training programs, or to inquire about renting a Tripod Rescue System, contact our team today! Together, we can create a safer work environment for everyone.


LGH holds North America’s most extensive inventory of lifting and rigging equipment, with a mission to ensure the safety and efficiency of operations worldwide. With over 70,000 pieces of gear and a network of locations across Canada and the US, LGH remains committed to excellence and innovation in every aspect of our service.

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