If you are looking to completely renovate the exterior of your home, there will be a good chance that you will need to work at height.
It could be that you are looking to install a new roof on your home or it could be that you are installing new double-glazing windows.
Either way, regardless of what you are looking to achieve with your exterior renovation, it is essential that you make safety the number one priority, especially when working at height.
Up until a few years ago, it was always the common thought that a good strong ladder and some common sense would enable people to safely work at height, however, as recent incidents such as serious injuries (and even fatalities) have proven, this is not the case and neither should it be moving forward.
Using an Access Platform is the only best way to effectively reduce the risk of injury or death whilst working at height. Access Platform is not just to provide a safe working environment for you, but to provide a safe way to lift heavy materials, equipment and tools, not to mention protect the public who may have to walk past were you are working.
With the above in mind, there are a variety of Access Platforms that have been designed to perform various specific tasks within different types of environment. In this article, we will be discussing the main types of Access Platform and the type of tasks and environments they are used for.
The ‘Cherry Picker’ (People also call it as a Boom Lift) is the most common of Access Platforms and is the one that is the most universal in its capabilities.
The Cherry Picker consists of a platform or bucket at the end of a hydraulic lifting system which can either be attached to the back of a truck or as part of a stand-alone unit.
The ‘bucket’ at the end of the lift is controlled by the operator to position it at various heights (in some case over 70ft). Once the bucket is at the correct height, the operator can then safely attach themselves to the bucket with a safety harness and then begin the necessary work.
Excellent uses for a Cherry Lift include roofing, electrical, TV aerials, guttering, windows and Christmas lights.
The Scissor Lift is most ideally suited for low-level tasks (under 20ft) that have a tight working space.
One of the main advantages of a Scissor Lift is that due to their narrow but long platforms, they can usually carry more than 3 people and extra equipment/tools at a time, meaning more resource can be allocated to a specific task without the need to continually raise or lower the lift hence saving time and increasing efficiency.
Excellent uses for a Scissor Lift include painting, decorating, windows and exterior cleaning.
The ‘Spider Lift’ was designed to work in specific environments where other types of access platforms could not operate or were not best suited, for example un-even terrain, exposed terrain or hard to access terrain for traditional access platforms (bridges and country lanes etc).
Excellent uses of the Spider Lift include roofing, electrical, TV aerials, guttering, windows and Christmas lights where the outside ground maybe un-even or delicate like a specialised driveway or lawn.
Carl Smith, the Brand Manager of Kimberly Access Group, one of the UK’s industry leaders when it comes to UK Cherry Picker Hire and other forms of Access Platform Hire for Residential, Industry and Commercial clients.