Aerial Work Equipment: A Valuable Tool

Aerial work equipment (AWP) is used in a variety of industries to access elevated work areas These machines are essential tool for many industries.
Aerial Work Equipment A Valuable Tool for Many Industries

Aerial work equipment (AWP) is any type of mobile or portable equipment that is used to elevate people and/or materials to elevated work areas. AWPs are also known as elevated work platforms (EWPs), mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), and powered access platforms (PAPs).

What type of aerial platforms are there?

These are the common aerial work equipment you may buy or rent:

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    Boom lifts:

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    Scissor lifts:

    Scissor lifts have a platform that rises and lowers vertically. They are commonly used in retail, warehousing, and manufacturing. Scissor lifts are typically more stable than boom lifts, but they have less reach. Scissors can be as small as 19′ reach in height, and as big as 40′ in reach. They can also be electric (for indoor operations) or “rough terrain” (which features tough wheels for off-track operations).

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    Cherry pickers:

    Cherry pickers are similar to boom lifts, but they have a smaller basket and are typically used for lighter-duty tasks. Cherry pickers are commonly used in utilities, telecommunications, and tree care.

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    Telescopic handlers:

    Telescopic handlers have a telescoping boom that can reach high places and also lift heavy objects. Telescopic handlers are commonly used in construction, agriculture, and mining.

You may also want to know that skid steers are capable of using lift attachments to transform the versatile earth-moving machine into an aerial work platform.

When to use aerial work platforms?

Aerial work platforms have extensive use in the construction industry, but they also have uses in warehousing and other industries outside of the common heavy equipment spectrum.

Here’re the industries that can use these machines:

Construction: Boom lifts, scissor lifts, and telescopic handlers are commonly used in construction to build, repair, and maintain buildings, bridges, and other structures.
Maintenance: Cherry pickers and scissor lifts are commonly used in maintenance to inspect and repair equipment and infrastructure, such as power lines, telecommunications lines, and wind turbines.
Landscaping: Boom lifts and scissor lifts are commonly used in landscaping to trim trees, maintain shrubs, and install irrigation systems
Warehousing and manufacturing: Scissor lifts and telescopic handlers are commonly used in warehousing and manufacturing to pick and place products, stock shelves, and perform other tasks at elevated heights.}
Glass & roofing: installing roofs and glass panels also requires using a boom lift or a scissor lift, unless the contractor is using ladders and scaffolding.
Wiring: similarly, electric companies may use these platforms to install wiring, cables, and illumination on the streets (at the top of posts), roofs, and similar.
Other industries: Aerial work platforms are also used in a variety of other industries, including event management, film and television, emergency services, and the military.
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How to choose aerial work platforms?

When choosing aerial work equipment, it’s important to consider the type of work you will be doing. What tasks will you be using the equipment for? Do you need to reach high places, lift heavy objects, or both?

Additionally, you should consider the work environment. Measure the height you need as well as the width. Then, use electric scissors if it’s indoor, boom lifts if it’s outdoors, and even rough terrain scissor lifts if the job is in a…well…rough terrain!

Lastly, consider your budget: how much are you willing to spend? Aerial work equipment rentals range from less than 1,000 per month to several thousand dollars, depending on the size and reach of the platform. 

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Aerial work equipment is a valuable tool for many industries. It can help to improve safety, efficiency, and productivity. When choosing aerial work equipment, it is important to consider the type of work you will be doing, the work environment, the size of the work area, and your budget. It is also important to follow all safety procedures when using aerial work equipment.

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