Opens steel or fiberglass hatch covers on covered hopper cars. Worker should be secured to fall protection cable while using Hatch Key lifting lever. Hatch Key design now features a 4″ wide load-spreading bracket (red) to avoid cracking the edge of a fiberglass hatch cover.
Just hook the Hatch Key under the lip of the hatch and lift straight up. The Hatch Key hook disengages easily once the hatch is high enough to swing over by hand. Worker can keep a stable position while lifting the hatch.