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The Different Types of Elevating Work Platforms

Many construction projects require workers to work at height, prompting the need for an elevating work platform or EWP. The EWP, however, is not a one size fits all solution. There are many types of this machinery, which is why builders should know the different types before renting one.

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The Different Types of Elevating Work Platforms

  1. 1. The Different Types of Elevating Work Platforms Classic Hire Address: 421 Carrington St Hamilton Hill WA 6163 Australia Email: hamilton@classichire.net.au Phone: (08) 9336 2500
  2. 2. Many construction projects require workers to work at height, prompting the need for an elevating work platform or EWP. The EWP, however, is not a one size fits all solution. There are many types of this machinery, which is why builders should know the different types before renting one. Here are the basic types of EWPs: Trailer-mounted EWP Trailer-mounted EWPs are quite common in Australia. This is perhaps the most basic type of the machine. A movable trailer carries the elevating work platform. This comes equipped with stabilisers workers can manually adjust. A tow ball is also enough to make sure that the platform stays stable whilst in use. Self-propelled EWP For flat surfaces and firm, unsealed areas, the platform of choice is a self- propelled EWP. This works in a way that the vehicle it is attached to can operate the platform. This type of EWP comes in three common types:  Scissor Arms – This uses hydraulic cylinders to power the scissor-like arms that lift the platform it is attached to. Ground personal can control this from the base of the vehicle.  Telescoping Boom –Normally seen in airports, this type of EWP has a boom – or enclosed basket – that extends in a straight way. Like the scissor arm type, the controls are at ground level.  Knuckle Boom – For areas with obstacles, the knuckle boom self- propelled EWP is the best option. In this equipment, there are two
  3. 3.  sections of the arms. These sections allow the machine to slew so that it could avoid obstacles that are in mid-air. Vehicle-mounted EWP The last type is the vehicle-mounted EWP. In most cases, this includes road- registered trucks that carry a boom or a turret on the chassis. This allows the operator to control the platform at ground level whilst lifting a basket enough to elevate another person several metres in the air. The Australian government identifies the safety risks that come with the use of an EWP. Every person that operates it should wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). It is also important to educate all builders about the safe practices, including instructions on the use of this machinery. Last but not the least, building owners should ensure that the equipment goes through proper routine maintenance so it is safe to use anytime. Resources: http://www.classichire.net.au http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/56715/es- elevating-work-platforms.pdf http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/forms-and-publications/forms-and- publications/elevating-work-platform-failures-due-to-poor-maintenance

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