Mobile Elevated Mobile Platforms

Mobile elevating work platforms, or briefly MEWPs, are devices that are used to lift people to areas that are hard to access, usually at height.

MEWPS consist of a working platform on an extending structure and chassis, with controls for operation. MEWPS, by their nature, are designed for temporary works and therefore frequently require transportation between sites, or simply around a single site (often as part of the same job). For this reason, they are almost all designed for easy movement and the ability to ride up and down truck ramps. Battalions offers the below kinds of Aerial Work Platforms:

Telehandlers

Telescopic handlers are integral in any industrial applications that require maintenance or installation at a height that can’t be safely reached with a ladder or if an object is too heavy to be lifted by conventional means.

Mini Cranes

The Mini Crane range of equipment includes Mini Cranes (MC), Knuckle Booms (MK) & Crawler Cranes (CC) which offer the capacity & reach equivalent to larger cranes.

Electric and Diesel Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts are used to work in tight spaces. This is because they offer maximum manoeuvrability while also having a compact footprint.

Spider Lifts

spider lifts are much like boom lifts, except with a smaller base with four legs, or outriggers, holding it firmly to the ground.

Trailer Mount Mobile Boom Lifts

Lifts consist of an articulated boom and turntable mounted on a towable trailer chassis. These versatile machines can be towed behind vehicles, which is the most distinguishing benefit by allowing users a cheap and convenient way to transport a mobile elevated working platform.

Cranes

A crane is a type of machine, generally equipped with a hoist rope, wire ropes or chains, and sheaves, that can be used both to lift and lower materials and to move them horizontally

Advantages

Ergonomics

MEWPS are a comfortable platform to work on.

Mobility

If there are no obstructions in the way, it is easy to move left, right, up and down.

Training

Minimal training required to work with MEWPS.

Risk

Incidents happen because of failed procedures or negligence. MEWPS are a very stable structure with little risk of falling

Setup Time

Once they are on-site, they are quick to set up so that work can start. Setup time is anything from 5 minutes–2 hours.

Can be done

MEWPS are great for lifting people at heights where there is no other way to get to the top. They are best for work where there is no way to anchor and use a top-down mechanism such as a suspended platform or rope access.

disadvantages

Load

MEWPS rated capacity does not exceed a 1 ton. This is much better than ladders and rope access however not as good as scaffolding.

Cost

MEWPS are moderately expensive, especially the transportation cost to get them to the areas where work needs to be done.

Cannot be done

You cannot use MEWPS for confined spaces or areas where entry is not spacious enough for the MEWPS to enter.

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