What is Low Level Access?
A wide range of options is available for working at heights of up to 5 meters. From ladders to mobile scaffolding towers, up to self-propelled compact aerial work platforms.
Working with ladders
By law using a ladder to work from is not permitted if a safer alternative is available (such as scaffolding or an aerial work platform).
Only when this is not possible (for example due to lack of space) may a ladder be used. Even then there are rules to stick to:
Working with mobile scaffolding
Mobile scaffolding is generally used when someone is either not able or allowed to use a ladder, or when more working space is required
The failure to assemble or use mobile scaffolding in compliance with the manufacturers instructions regularly results in accidents. Essential parts are often missing, or are left out purely for the sake of convenience. When possible, aerial work platforms offer a safer, fool-proof and time saving alternative
Rules for using mobile scaffolding
• Assemble the scaffolding according to the suppliers instructions
• Position the floor in such a way that there is a double guard rail on all sides at a height of 3.2 ft. above the work floor as well as having side panels
• Climb up the inside of the scaffolding using the access ladders
• Keep the work floor free from unnecessary items
• Keep your supply of materials to a minimum on the work floor
• Always ensure the wheels are locked when the scaffolding is in use
• Don’t try to gain height by using additional steps, ladders, or platforms on the work floor of the scaffolding
• Limit the force exertion both vertically and horizontally
When to use an aerial work platform
Small light weight aerial work platforms offer a safe, comfortable and efficient alternative to ladders and moblie scaffolding towers. Similarly to traditional stepladders and mobile scaffolding they are suitable for use on flat surfaces and are easy to move about. Depending on the job at hand push-around or self-propelling aerial work platforms are the ideal solution for easy and safe low level access.
MOST ACCIDENTS HAPPEN AT LOW LEVEL HEIGHTS
When to use a push-aroung LowLevelXS aerial work platform?
It is easy to acknowledge the advantages of self-propelling aerial work platforms, but there are many situations where a push around model is just right for the job. This depends largely on the task at hand (right tool for the right job).
When to use a self-propelling aerial work platform?
There are many advantages to using a compact light-weight aerial work platform for low level access. By being able to safely and easily move around while working at height saves time and money. Some essential criteria for aerial work platforms suitable for low level access are:
• Weighing less than 1100 lb. allowing for use above ground floor (+ Kingspan)
• Compact dimensions so it fits through a standard doorway
• 400% more efficient compared to ladders or mobile scaffolding
WHAT IS BETTER: PUSH-AROUND OR SELF-PROPELLING?
• Applications and users
• High-rise and renovation
• Universities and schools
• Office buildings, data centres
• Hotels and shops
• Airports and train stations
• Other high-rise
• Oil and gas
Most ladder accidents occur due to misplacing feet and losing balance
A chronological list of workplace accidents from 2007 until 2013
LowLevelXS is the fastest growing supplier in the platform sector even during the recession in England