What height will you need to reach?
Make sure to measure the height you will need to reach before hand. It is worth baring in mind when selecting a mewp that the working height is 2m above the platform height of the machine. For boom type lifts make sure to check the working envelopes in the specification guide as the maximum outreach decreases the higher you go up.
What conditions are you working in?
- For indoor work it is best to look for an electric machine. These emit zero emissions and produce little noise when in operation unlike diesel machines.
- When working outdoors or on sites where there is no available charging points, we recommend using a diesel machine.
- The third option is to get the best of both worlds and go down the bi-energy route. These have the option to switch between diesel and electric when needed.
Have you factored in the ground conditions?
- For finished floors we recommend using non-marking tyres and for extra sensitive environments, wheel covers.
- On unfinished surfaces choose a diesel machine and remember to consider whether you will need a 4 wheel drive machine if the ground is particularly uneven.
- For jobs where the machine will need to be on a slope, look for machines with outriggers as these will be required for the machine to function properly.
Have the people who are going to be operating the machines been fully trained?
Anyone operating a mewp will need to have undergone their IPAF training for the correct category of machine they will be using. At APL we can provide full IPAF training in order to get operatives trained and competent in using aerial work platforms. Visit our training website for more information.
Are there any restrictions?
- Will the machine be required to fit through a doorway or entrance?
- Are there any low ceilings that could hinder the machine from passing through?
- Are the ground conditions suitable for the machine to travel across when positioning?
- Are there any overhead power lines that could pose a risk?
Have you considered external factors?
If you are working by a nearby road, have you taken into account measures on how to prevent any collisions?