Choosing the best Access Equipment for your project could be the key to your success. Otherwise, you could be wasting time and money. For that reason, we would like to share the main aspects you should consider before deciding to hire.
1. Are you going to work on rough terrain or on even terrain?
It’s essential to understand that not every piece of access equipment is designed to be used on rougher terrain. The specific machine you select will need to cope with the terrain at your work site. There are models within a broader category that may be designed to work outside and not inside and vice versa. When you understand the terrain and where the machine fits into the work site, you will be better able to make the right choice.
2. Do you need to avoid obstacles at heights?
Depending on how high you need to work and if you need to reach difficult spots, you’ll have to choose between a boom lift or a scissor lift. Both allow the operator to work at heights on a safe platform. However, boom lifts allow them to be raised and moved horizontally and vertically to reach specific points on the project.
On the other hand, Forklifts will be the best option if you are looking for lifting and moving loads. They are ideal for demanding steel, warehousing, and overall material handling operations.
3. Are your operators able to work on every access equipment?
Operating a lifting system requires a specific skill set and relevant experience. It’s crucial to have trained and certified operators to safely handle the equipment you need to hire.
An untrained or uncertified operator should never be allowed to operate your hired equipment. Some hire companies will offer training to your employees to ensure that they can operate the equipment safely. If this isn’t available, it will be necessary to arrange some extra training well before the project begins. If the operator has been trained to operate the equipment but lacks experience, it may be necessary to assign them some assistance until they gain confidence. This could be a spotter to give the operator an extra set of eyes to cover any blind spots.
Evaluating these three things will help you make the right decisions when considering hiring lifting equipment.
If you’re looking for access equipment rental for your next project, get in touch with us here, and we will be happy to offer our expert advice.