Manhole safety equipment allows access to manholes and keeps workers safe during confined space work. It includes manhole cover lifters and manhole collars. Manhole cover lifters remove manhole covers. A worker inserts the lifter's hook into the manhole and pulls the lever, which engages the lifter's ratchet and retracts the hook. Manhole collars are placed inside manholes and provide a portable base for a fall arrest and retrieval system. A mast and davit arm inserts into the collar's extension and allows a harnessed worker to safely work inside a manhole or other confined space.