Jobs at height are required in all types of locations – urban and rural – and some of the more extreme environments require heavy duty powered access platforms.
In almost all instances, appropriate access platform selection is key to the safe operation and efficiency of any job at height and the make and model of machine being used will depend on the specific needs of that job. Heavy duty access platforms are needed where the job has an added element of risk, for example:
– Unusual ground surfaces such as ice, sand, mud or railways
– Adverse weather such as strong winds or heavy rain-
– Lifting heavy weights and equipment
– Overcoming obstacles at ground level and at height
In these, and other risky scenarios, a strong foundation and robust lifting mechanisms are essential. Fortunately, as powered access platforms are flexible and mobile, several types of machine are able to rise to the challenge.
Boom lifts have great flexibility and include articulated or hydraulic mechanisms that both lift and reach out. This makes it easier to position the work platform in hard to reach spaces. This flexible lift and outreach also means they can avoid potentially dangerous obstacles such as branches, buildings or overhead power lines. They are fully mobile – either road towable or vehicle mounted- and stablilizing outrigger legs anchor the machine for use on uneven or sloping ground.
All terrain platforms
All terrain access platforms are flexible and safe heavy duty powered access platforms. They are a great solution to working at height in extreme environments which is why that have been used everywhere from urban spaces, to dense woodland, to the icy continent of Antarctica. They have wheels and 4WD to move quickly off road and through rough terrain to reach a wide range of unusual locations. They can operate in areas requiring specialist traction, stabilise on steep gradients, and function safely in most weather conditions.
Road Rail access platforms have the duel ability to operate on road and rail tracks without affecting the speed or functionality of the equipment. It is easy to switch from one operation mode to the other and it saves money as well as time by reducing the need to hire locomotive plant or attempt access through protected or remote areas of countryside. They are robust and efficient and used for a wide range of essential jobs at height on the national railways including repairing and installing signals and posts and structural inspections of bridges, stations and embankments.
Heavy duty powered access platforms are able to reach remote locations, operate on unusual ground surfaces and provide a strong and stable base in extreme conditions. Safe working saves lives and boosts the productivity, even in unique working environments.