Getting the Job Done with Construction Contractors

Getting the Job Done with Construction Contractors

Understanding the Various Types of Access Equipment You Can Hire for Concrete Cutting

by Audrey Ramos

During renovations, you may need to cut concrete in high-rise sections on your building. You need access equipment to conveniently access high-rise work areas more precisely, safely and speedily than you otherwise would when using traditional ladders, scaffolding or steps. Particularly, access equipment makes it easy for you to adhere to occupational health and safety standards. For instance, maximum weight capacity that can be accommodated by a scissor lift makes you cautious when loading it with equipment or personnel. With traditional access equipment, it is much easier to bypass such precautions and end up with a severe accident at the site. If you are looking for access equipment, here are a few types you can hire:

Scissor Lifts

A scissor lift is a hydraulic-powered, portable lift with a work platform that resembles a large cage. The work platform is supported by crisscrossing, folding supports that extend upwards. By applying pressure to the outside section of the lowest supports, the cross pattern elongates and lifts the work platform vertically. This means that you can only use a scissor lift in places where you can move along the high-rise work area or get underneath it. You cannot reach over obstacles and it is advisable that your workers should not stretch a lot to minimise the risk of falling. You can opt for rough terrain scissor lifts that come with tyres designed to suit tough outdoor conditions on the site. Alternatively, there are electric powered scissor lifts with non-mark tyres for indoor applications.

Boom Lifts

A boom lift is also referred to as a cherry picker. In most cases, a boom lift is mounted on a van or truck to facilitate mobility. It is made of long, jointed metals arms that extend far away from the truck or van. This allows you to work around or over any obstructions within your site. Unlike scissor lifts, boom lifts can extend both vertically and horizontally, bringing the much needed flexibility to your site when you have to work in tight spaces. You can also use them for areas where the conditions on the ground don't allow you to get too close to the building.

Personnel Lifts

Personnel lifts (also referred to as push around lifts) are small and compact elevating mechanisms. They are lightweight, which makes them easy to move around using a passenger lift at the site. Due to their small size and the ease of setting them up, they are suitable for high-mobility tasks when you need to cut small pieces of concrete in different, high-rise sections. 

For more information, contact professionals like Robert Guy & Sons Pty Ltd.


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Getting the Job Done with Construction Contractors

Hello, my name is Carl and this is my construction and contractor blog. I do not work in the construction business but last year, my wife and I had a lot of work carried out on our summer home which is located on the Gold Coast. Winter storms had damaged the roof and a couple of seabirds had made a nest in there. The place was a real mess but thankfully the contractors did a great job of repairing the roof and fixing up the damage to the loft space. I learn a lot during the repairs so I decided to start a new blog. Enjoy!