Types of Personnel Lifts & Their Uses
Personnel lifts, otherwise known as aerial lifts, are mechanical machines that have one purpose and one purpose only: to get workers higher than your average ladder can take them. These work platforms are mobile, and can extend up to 20 metres with ease. This blog article takes a look at types of personnel lifts used in the construction industry today, and how each can be used to make your life – and the lives of your workers – that much easier!
You’ll have seen cherry pickers in your neighbourhood, as these are widely used by municipalities in infrastructure maintenance and public space landscaping. Cherry pickers are vehicle-mounted personnel lifts, featuring a boom-supported raiseable platform that folds in on itself to the rear of the truck. These personnel lifts are ideal if you’ve got a lot of space to manoeuvre.
Articulating Boom Lifts
These personnel lifts are considered cranes by some. They can be positioned practically anywhere, and are extensively used in place of ladders. Articulating boom lifts feature boom arms that articulate in order to extend the working platform as high as needed. What’s more, boom lifts can rotate 360-degrees. This makes them highly versatile access equipment.
Telescopic Boom Lifts
Telescopic boom lifts are very similar to articulated booms, but instead of having two or three arms that can articulate – the telescopic boom lift has a mast that extends and contracts as needed. Telescopic boom lifts are widely used for large mechanical jobs, exterior building maintenance, tree felling, working on bridges and even to rescue stranded ride goers at the fun-fare!
These types of personnel lifts are great for painting jobs and when cleaning windows or the exterior of a building. They work on an accordian-style lifting system that raises the working platform vertically. The nice thing about scissor lifts is that they have capacity to take more than one or two workers up at once, and are usually mounted on an electrified platform with wheels for mobility.
Trailer Mounted Lifts
The benefits of these personnel lifts are that they come in on the lighter end of the spectrum, and can be transported with most vehicles that have a trailer hitch. All of the above aerial lifts come in trailer-mounted versions, and since they’re on a trailer – you can position them pretty much anywhere you need them! Trailer mounted lifts are suited to light industrial jobs.