Whether you’re an electrician, or simply carrying out a few DIY jobs at home, you may be required to work at height from time to time. Therefore, it’s crucial that you know how to do this safely and successfully.
After all, working at height is currently one of the biggest causes of death and major injury in the UK construction industry.
This is largely down to the fact that both employers and workers fail to take simple, practical measures, such as hiring suitable tools and equipment, to reduce the risk of falling while working at height.
There are many important factors to consider when working at height but having adequate access equipment is one that should be prioritised.
For many people, especially those completing DIY jobs at home, the difficulty lies in spending a lot of money on equipment that they will only use for a short amount of time.
Another problem that people often encounter is struggling to choose which equipment they need. So, we’ve put together a list of recommendations to help you select the right tools for the job.
Access & Support Equipment
For smaller-scale jobs, such as painting and papering walls, you will require some form of access solution to complete the job to a high standard, while ensuring that you don’t fall and hurt yourself.
A personal favourite of ours is the Stairway Access Tower, which is easy to erect and will provide you with safe access to those hard-to-reach areas in the stairwell.
Similarly, if you aren’t comfortable with using ladders, we recommend you to hire a safer alternative, like a set of Podium Steps, which are easily handled by one person and fit through standard doorways.
For larger jobs, you may want to consider using one of our wide alloy Aluminium Towers, which are extremely mobile and allow you to work at greater heights.
Powered Access Equipment
In most construction projects, conventional scaffolding and ladders sadly just don’t cut it. Ladders may not be able to achieve enough height, certainly not safely, whilst the process of installing and taking down scaffolding can be a timely process.
That’s why Powered Access Equipment has emerged as an essential tool in the safe completion of small and large-scale industrial work.
Our top recommendation for Powered Access Equipment is the 32ft Battery Scissor Lift, as it is excellent when manoeuvring around tight spaces and can be used for indoor and outdoor tasks.
However, in extreme cases, even a 32ft lifter won’t be able to get you to where you need to be. In this instance, we recommend you to hire one of our Height Rider 15’s, which are an impressive self-propelled access platform with a 150-degree fly-boom.
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To summarise, if you are working at height, whether it be 30ft in the air or 3 metres off the ground, you must use the most suitable equipment to ensure that you complete the job in a safe manner.
For more information about our tool hire solutions, get in touch with our dedicated team.