Access equipment is required when you need to reach places that are not easily accessible. This can be exteriors of tall buildings, storage racks in large warehouses, air craft doors, loading platforms and a host of other situations that do call for such equipment. A simple case of access equipment is a ladder or stool that you need to reach places that are beyond your reach.
Mankind has developed a lot of devices to assist such operations by mechanical means. Most of these consist of platforms that can be raised and lowered, so that a person standing on them gets access to higher levels or is able to reach out to materials kept there. While earlier access equipment used simple scissors and screw threads to raise platforms (a car jack is a basic form), present day access equipment takes the hard work out of this, by using hydraulics or electrical power to raise and lower platforms. Towers, platforms and access towers may also be considered access equipment, which is not powered, but will be available on hire from firms in this access business. The requirement of such equipment may not be constant, and when it is occasional, it makes sense to look for powered access hire, so that works are completed conveniently.
The most common form of powered access equipment comes in the form of vertical masts, scissor lifts and boom lifts. When you decide that you need powered access hire, you must make a judgment of the frequency of the work, whether it is a one-time lift, the load which is needed to be lifted or lowered, and the height to which it has to be taken. The weight and height will determine the capacity of the equipment, while the frequency and time will determine the period of the hire. Accessibility to the site requiring the equipment can also at times determine the right powered access. Most of such equipment on hire is truck mounted or has its own motive force. If the equipment is mounted on tracks, as many are, you will require to also consider the cost of transporting such equipment to the place it is required, as part of the hire costs. You can review our scissor lift hire rates online.
When you go in for powered access hire, you will be carrying out work at heights and will need to take a lot of care to ensure that work is carried out safely. Any access equipment that you hire must have shield bars and other methods to ensure safety. It is necessary to ensure that you also follow safety guidelines while working on such equipment. When you hire out such equipment the hirers will insist that you follow certain guidelines to ensure safety. Besides the obvious wearing of safety belts, you will have to also undertake to keep the area below the working equipment clear, and any personnel working close by, to be properly helmeted. All equipment must also have locking mechanisms that enable the position of the access to be locked in after it reaches the desired position. This will prevent it from sliding back in case of power or hydraulic failure.
Hiring out any form of equipment can save you a lot of capital costs and many companies who regularly need powered access prefer to rent it out Powered scissor lift hire prices in Birmingham are some of the cheapest in the country. This allows them to always have on hand the latest equipment and no botheration about its maintenance. Be very clear of the weights and heights that you require, and do not try to misrepresent them in anyway, in order to reduce capacities and thus lower hiring charges. When the equipment is overloaded it can be a risk to safety and can cause accidents, for which you can be held liable.
Hire out powered access equipment to carry out the work you need. Be sure whether you require low level access or higher level. Vertical masts are ideal for areas where space is a restriction. Scissor lifts can be cheaper to hire, but do require space for maneuvering. Boom lifts can be articulated or telescopic boom lifts, which are best for external work. Be clear of the weight you need to raise, which must also include the weight of any personnel if they also need to go up with the platform.