The Benefits & Uses of Powered Access Platforms.
Powered access platforms are one of the most recognised and used types of access equipment in the construction industry. Their popularity is due to how they provide a mobile solution for working at height, as they feature an elevated platform which starts at ground level and can be raised to a desired height.
Access platforms come in a variety of sizes and have several different mechanisms.
The two most common types of powered access platforms are often scissor lifts and boom lifts or ‘cherry pickers’. Scissor lifts (and mast lifts) perform a lifting motion allowing the operator to work beneath or next to where the machine is positioned. Alternatively, boom lifts are not limited to vertical travel but can move in a wide range of directions allowing them to bridge obstacles.
At The Hireman, we have a broad range of access platforms to enable you to work at height. Our range consists of both powered and manual lift platforms as well as push-around and self-propelled platforms. Our Xtra service grants us further access (pun intended) to any kind of platform you may require. Whether you’re working outdoors or in tight restricted spaces, we’ll have a platform for you. Here are some of the key benefits that access platforms have over more traditional solutions such as scaffolding, aluminium towers and ladders:
Access platforms allow workers to reach high areas quickly, safely and with minimal manual labour reducing the time, effort and physical strain required to complete tasks.
Access platforms have built-in safety features, such as guardrails and automatic levelling, reducing the risk of injury to workers.
Being simple to operate, our access platforms can be used in a variety of industries and applications such as construction, maintenance, and event setup.
Workers can complete tasks at height faster and with more precision, increasing overall productivity.
Hiring powered access platforms can be more cost-effective in the long term compared to traditional methods such as scaffolding, as they require less manual labour and maintenance.
Some new additions to the fleet
Demand has significantly increased for our micro access platform range over the last few years. We have increased our range to cater for the specific requirements of our customers, here are four of the new additions:
The IQ LIFT PRO 10 is a reliable access solution for working at height. This push-around scissor lift provides safe low-level access and can withstand everyday use on-site. It has a market-leading, intelligent feedback system, a long battery life and a sophisticated control unit that monitors lift performance.
The ELS 5.5 Junior micro scissor lift is one of our tallest, push-around, powered access lifts. It is compact and lightweight, allowing use on mezzanines whilst fitting through standard doorways and into most elevators. It is perfect for installation and maintenance tasks, where the user needs to move from one area quickly and easily to another.
The Snorkel S3010P push-around micro scissor lift is perfect for low-level access, offering proven productivity and safety benefits over ladders, podiums, and steps. This lightweight and compact unit is ideal for indoor working at height applications with a robust design suitable for construction applications. The model also features a wider cage and saloon doors to assist operators.
Navigator 4.5 and 6
The Navigator is a manual-powered push-around scissor lift with an impressive working height of 4.5m or 6m. Operated by the handle, the zero-emissions machine has no motors or batteries meaning zero downtime, this also makes it ideal for enclosed and clean environments, but being wind-rated it can also operate outside or in unsealed buildings.
With access to a wide variety of access solutions, we can get you whatever you need, if you can’t see what you are looking just ask one of the team.