As safety continues to be a focus on jobsites, companies are turning their attention to low-level access lifts and other aerial work platforms. In addition to offering a safer alternative to ladders, scaffolding and other forms of access, these versatile machines may also enhance productivity, ergonomics, and even green benefits that are increasingly of interest to building owners, facility managers, and machine operators. The following article provides an overview of types of aerial work platforms and some tips on what to consider when selecting a unit to suit the application at hand.
Low-level access represents a growing category of access equipment, whose popularity rests in the fact that operator hands are free to do work safely at height. This is not the case with ladders, where workers are required to maintain three points of contact, leaving just one hand free to perform a task.