Lifting Apparatus Features
Elevating Work Platforms (EWP) are specialized equipment for lifting heavy loads. They are used extensively in manufacturing, maintenance, and construction works. These sturdy platforms simplify industrial applications and make them safe. The apparatus can be hired or purchased with the help of a EWP Sales team. They can be mobile or installed on a fixed spot of a factory or workshop floor. Only trained technicians with experience are allowed to perform the manual and automatic operations.
The primary features and functions of these highly useful devices are listed here –
1.) People, cargo, tools, cardboards, plywood, steel, etc., can be lifted up with ease.
2..) The two most basic and popular types are movable scissor lifts and booms.
3.) They are made up of a base, lifting mechanism, and an assembled platform.
4.) There are a wide range of models with different designs and power sources.
5.) Some models are generally powered by rechargeable DC batteries.
6.) Others have internal combustion engine that needs petrol, diesel, or propane.
7.) The lifting mechanism works on hydraulic principles and platforms are protective.
8.) They can be moved on smooth or rough surfaces like pavements, gravel, concrete, etc.
9.) Scissor machines have extendable platforms and booms have articulate/telescope arms.
How To Select The Best Platform?
The technical specifications of these appliances are wide and various. They have different dimensions, mechanisms, load capacity, and applications. A well trained EWP Sales team directs the customers to an appropriate platform. The following criteria and hazards have to be considered to purchase a right model. The best buyers avoid typical mistakes and select an ideal apparatus for their workshop or warehouse.
Specific activities with specific types of load require a unique elevating work platform.
The right machine that is designed for general or customized use has to be chosen.
Rookie mistake includes buying a smooth surface device for rough terrain usage.
Undersized or low access machines lead to additional purchases like planks and ladders.
The nature of task has to be assessed beforehand for ordering the right kind of machine.
The platforms lifting capacity, reach, and height should satisfy the job requirements.
Boom or scissor model has to be selected on the basis of better mobility.
The platform design should match the type and weight of load or cargo.
Accessibility features should factor in safety, obstructions, and flooring glitches.
The overall work environment and operator’s skills are also important for selection.
Hazards and Regulations
A warehouse, factory floor, or a workshop is an important asset for any business. The raw materials, unfinished goods, and finished products have to be kept safe. The worker’s health and protection is also mandated by regulations. A competent EWP Sales and technical advisor would refer to these hazards and safeguards –
a.) Heavy lifting and platform equipment has many stakeholders with specialised skills.
b.) The manufacturer, supplier, installer, trainer, and daily operator have to ensure safety.
c.) Their tasks include quality assessment, transparent sales, reliable operations and care.
d.) Overreaching, overloading, sudden stops and drop offs should be avoided by operators.
e.) The machine tipping over or overturning can cause serious injuries and property loss.
f.) Safety features related to switches and tilt or level warnings should never be overridden.
g.) Electrical circuits and overhead wiring in the vicinity should be handled with care.
h.) Electrocution is a serious danger and it can happen with any type of platform.
i.) Temporary scaffolding, wooden blocks, and ladders should be avoided at all times.
j.) Elevating work platforms should be regularly inspected and maintained for safety.