Cherry Picker - Safety and Training

Hiring a cherry picker or Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) can be a daunting task - establishing the best kit for the job, deciding on whether to use an operator, and keeping safety in mind are all essential. But there are some simple guidelines which can make the process straightforward, safe and cost-effective.

Before contacting a cherry picker and MEWP hire company, you should spend some time considering the job the kit is required for. Some key points to take into account are:

  • the maximum height you will need to reach using the kit
  • the access situation to the working area - look at the terrain the machine must cross to get to the work area and note any obstacles the terrain you will need to use the kit on and the condition of the ground - is it uneven or unstable in any way?
  • if using the lift inside, is there adequate ventilation for a machine powered by an engine with exhaust fumes?
  • any permissions or organisational issues which need to be sorted out in advance

Once you have answered these questions, in can be useful to contact an established hire company to talk through your requirements. They should be happy to advise you on the equipment best suited to the job, and other considerations such as hire periods and the insurance you need. If you are unsure whether you need an operator for the MEWP, you can also talk this through at this stage. When agreeing a hire period, ensure you have allowed enough time to transport the machine to the site and back again, as well as leaving adequate time on site for the job.

With 30 years experience in cherry picker hire, sales and training, Universal Access Platforms is one of the most established access hire businesses serving the UK, London and the South East. We have an extensive fleet with Specialist narrow access vehicles, Truck mounted platforms, Boom lifts and Scissor lifts for hire.

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