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Elevated work platform

We’ve all used a raised work platform at some point, even if we weren’t aware that the item was called that. They can range from the simplest to the most complex, and here we invite you to discover them.Read us to the end so you will know what an elevated work platform is, its types, and which is the most complex.

  1. Do you know what a raised work platform is?

When talking about a raised work platform, reference is being made to that device capable of providing access to the worker at those heights that, without them, are inaccessible.

Among the most common types of elevated work platforms, we find the ladder, the walkway, the gantry, the trestle, the cradle, the mobile platforms (being these the most frequently used), the suspended scaffolding, and any scaffolding.

Its role is simple: help workers get where they need to be. That is why its use extends to different work environments and industries. For example, they can be seen in high-power maintenance lines, window washing, and others.

  1. Do you know the mobile elevated work platforms?

Speaking specifically of mobile elevated work platforms, these elements, or mobile equipment, have been designed to facilitate people’s work at heights.

Its design comprises a work platform on an extended structure and a chassis. PEMPs, as they are abbreviated, are usually divided into two groups: group A and group B.

Within group A, we can find scissor lifts, which remain within the tipping line, and their movement is done vertically.

On the other hand, within group B are the lifting platforms, which have many differences from the scissor lifts that belong to group A. In many cases, they can extend a hydraulic arm beyond the chassis and outside the lines of overturn.

  1. What are the types of mobile elevated work platforms?

If we take into account their movement within each group, we will find that there are three types of mobile elevated work platforms:

  1. The first can only be used when in a stowed position.
  2. The second is the one that can move even in those cases where the work platform is elevated. However, the movement is controlled from a point on the chassis.
  3. The third one is very similar to the second. However, its only relevant difference is that the controls are located inside the work platform and not on the chassis (as in the previous case).
  4. Any elevated work platform requires caution!

The correct answer to how to work with elevated work platforms is to do so with caution. However, depending on the type you use, some will require a bit more knowledge and skill.

Remember, working safely is being able to provide for longer.

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