Project Management Specialists

To celebrate Project Management Day, National Platforms would like to focus on the importance of effective and accurate project management when it comes to ‘working at height.’

If you have never hired equipment to work at height before, it can be really quite difficult to establish what your requirements are. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 were introduced in a bid to prevent death and injury caused by falls from height, therefore minimising risks to workers. Employers, facilities managers, building owners and anyone else that controls work at height can be held responsible should an accident occur.

Project Management Day first came about in 2004, spearheaded by Laverne Johnson and Lori Milhaven in conjunction with the men and women of the IIL (International Institute of Learning) team. They knew the hard work that project managers do, and how much they add to a project coming off efficiently and on time, with all the p’s and q’s crossed.

Knowing Which Machinery You Require

Here at National Platforms we have made it our priority to ensure we offer our partners and customers more that just powered access equipment hire. When John Hall founded the business twelve months ago, it was his aim to be at the forefront of the business and use his 20 year’s experience to offer customers professional, expert advice; including which type of machine is best for their application.

Here he discusses the differences between a Scissor Lift and Cherry Picker…

Where am I best to use a scissor lift?

A scissor lift is a mobile work platform designed to drive at a safe height. Ideal for working indoors or outdoors, it can be used between racking systems, within a warehouse or logistics environment, fitting lighting, fitting external signage, window replacement or exterior painting to name but a few.

A scissor lift does not provide outreach other than a small roll out deck that depending upon the machine increases the deck size by anything from 0.5m to 1.2m. As scissor lifts operate vertically to allow access to areas at height the machine must be on level ground and sited directly below or alongside the target work area.  If you can’t get this close then this is where you may wish to consider cherry picker hire rather than scissor lift hire.

Where am I best to use a Cherry Picker?

Unlike scissor lifts, cherry pickers (also known as boom lifts) can offer ‘outreach’ due to extendable sections of the boom. These platforms are ideal for working either indoors on factory maintenance projects or outdoors on telecoms, steel erection, exterior painting, signage, or even window cleaning and roof repair projects.

When considering boom lift hire it is important to understand that this ‘outreach’ can be in either a straight line or articulated to offer users an ‘up and over’ capability. Booms are mobile and versatile and can be driven at height within certain safety parameters. Booms can extend forwards, upward, out and over obstacles so don’t have to be parked directly below the target area unlike with scissor lifts.

Due to their outreach capability cherry pickers can reach a diverse range of elevations and can be parked at variable distances away from the actual target they need to reach. Although some 4 x 4 models can travel over rough terrain they still need to be operated from firm level ground.

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When choosing between the two, it really is important to take location into consideration and ask the appropriate questions such as, can I park directly below? Or is the ground level? To make the ultimate decision you are always best to speak to the appropriate expert who will be able to listen to your requirements and fully spec the job for you.

Feel free to take advantage of our free site survey if you are not sure what you need.  We can ensure fast and flexible machine hire whatever the environment. Call on 0333 006 4477 or simply click here to get a quote.

Please note: When hiring any form of access platform or working at any height please ensure that you follow all current health & safety advice and legislation.

Happy Project Management Day!

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