Working at Height: Three Considerations for Specifying Your Aerial Boom Lift

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If you are planning on performing construction, renovation and maintenance work on a residential or commercial property, you must choose the right aerial boom lift for the project. This type of equipment will allow your contractors to have convenient access to the areas that need modification. On the other hand, you should note that articulated boom lifts are not equal in quality or performance. Therefore, you must be attentive when specifying the details of your required equipment for your supplier. Here are the most critical factors to evaluate before making your order.

Maximum Load Capacity

Boom lifts are designed and built by manufacturers to handle specific workloads. Therefore, each platform has a maximum weight rating which must be considered during operation. If the specification is exceeded during at-height work, the equipment could experience strain. This issue can escalate into a workplace accident, and it will also accelerate the rate of equipment wear. In general, your total capacity needs can be calculated by adding the weight of the people, tools, materials, equipment and safety gear which will be carried onto the platform. You should also think about the size of the platform. Make sure that there will be enough space to place the essential supplies and for the workers to stand.

Height of Elevation

The primary purpose of obtaining an aerial boom lift is to reach otherwise inaccessible areas during construction, remodelling and maintenance projects. Therefore, you should make sure that your selected equipment can access the required elevation for your purposes. When choosing the right height for your needs, you should remember that there is a significant difference between platform and working height. The platform height refers to the height of the working platform to the ground. On the other hand, the working height is the platform height plus the height of a typical contractor or worker. You should take note of these elements before making a decision.

Horizontal Reach

The horizontal reach of an articulated boom lift is not important if the tasks will be performed directly above the equipment. However, if the work area will extend considerably beyond the main base of the lift, you should think about the horizontal reach required. You should review the worksite and find the most suitable places set the equipment. Next, calculate the horizontal distance that the platform would have to move to reach desired spots. 

If you would like to learn more about your aerial lift options, you should consult your experienced industrial equipment supplier for more information.

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