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Why is renting a boom lift much convenient than buying one?

Why is renting a boom lift much convenient than buying one?

A lot of business owners now have an alternative to buying expensive access equipment through renting from firms like Power Access. There are a lot of things to consider before making large capital outlays and buying new capital equipment, these are:

 

How safe is it to use?

Do I know how to operate it?

How often will I be using it?

How will it be maintained?

These are only a few factors that will make you think twice before buying new boom lift equipment.

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An excellent alternative to buying is renting an EWP and here are some clear advantages:

Consider the cost of service maintenance that needs to be completed on a regular basis to ensure the equipment can be confidently used at all times. There need to be regular service records kept up to date and the machine needs to be moved to the service location as required. This requires staff and procedural resources as well as downtime on the job site – no billable hours.

We find boom lifts operating in many different places such as construction, freight, airlines, commercial real estate, bridges, apartments and even residential areas. Obviously very useful machines but how long will you need it (short term or long term) and at what location? Either way, here are a few more reasons why you should consider renting a boom lift:

 

The Height of the lift is not an issue

The advantage of renting is that you have a broad range of choices available for the type and style of boom lift depending on the specific job requirement. You will find the lift that has the right height and power to best suit the job when renting from a large provider like PowerAccess. This will ensure the job is completed safely and in the most efficient manner, ensuring your customers and staff safety at the best price in the shortest possible time frame.

 

There are wide range of choices

With a limited budget, you will have limited options, but if you rent an elevated access machine you will have many different options based on the specific type of application for your job, by doing this you can avoid making the mistake of choosing the wrong type of boom lift and the potential for a major workplace accident.

 

You will get free professional advice from professionals

With any professional access hire company they will provide valuable free advice on which is the best machine to suit the specific job task. The company you are potentially renting your boom lift from will be able to determine the type of lift that best meets your specific needs. This is because they have been in the access equipment business for so many years and have experience with a wide range of equipment and job requirements, The best part is they share with you their experience and expert advice which is free of charge.

 

Affordable Rates or Package deals

PowerAccess understands you need flexibility and will often offer discounts for longer term rentals and package deals for multiple machines. Flexibility is the key here and time extensions can also be easily arranged if the job takes longer than expected.

Insurance, Maintenance and checkup

When renting lift equipment we can always do our best to look after the machines but accidents can and will happen sometimes. When you hire an access machine, the company can also provide optional insurance to cover any potential accidental damage to the lift so they can replace or repair the damaged equipment at no additional charge. Please make sure to keep to always have the equipment thoroughly checked before renting it and signing an agreement and be sure to ask about insurance coverage.

 

Tips on safe operation while working at heights

Tips on safe operation while working at heights

Operators using an elevated work platform at great height is an essential part of many jobs like in construction and can be extremely dangerous. It is important that employers must make sure to keep their operators safe when they are using this type of equipment.

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Here are some tips for operators and employers.

Make sure the operator is trained and licensed

Ensure each operator knows how to use an elevated work platform safely. Power Access conducts Yellow card Training Courses to ensure the operator has completed professional certification to operate the equipment. It is recommended that employers have all workers complete this training prior to operating this type of equipment. Operators can be trained by the Elevating Work Platform Association of Australia (EWPA) or Power Access can conduct training at your workplace to ensure minimal downtime and even complete a group training session for all operators.

Create a safety list for each machine.

The safety procedures you use when working at heights can differ depending on the type of equipment. To ensure each operator are trained properly for each machine, it is important to have a unique safety checklist for each type of equipment. With a checklist, the operator will remember to complete certain safety steps prior and during the operation of the machine.

Always anticipate every move

Ensure the operator is not in the basket when making large moves from side to side. Many elevated platforms are made so that you can only raise or lower them with operators in the basket, like scissor lifts and boom lifts. However, when you are about to move the platform from side to side, you always need to ensure the operator disembarks from the basket. This applies to many kinds of telescoping lifts.

Wear a safety harness at all times – regardless if the operator is on a scissor lift, cherry picker, boom lift or another type of elevated platform, Always make sure they wear a fall arrest harness. Each worker should have a harness that fits properly, tighten and secure the harness before working at height and know how to anchor the harness to something firm and stable, the harness lessens the potential risk for injury from a fall or accident.

Always watch for Cables or Power Lines – If you are fixing cables or electrical wires, make sure that you have the right tools to prevent electrical shock, You don’t want someone to accidentally hit or snag a power line with a metal tool and risk electrocution.

 

For professional training on-site – book a time with Power Access to ensure you operate a safe workplace and prevent any accidents from using elevated work platforms.