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:
When to use an aerial work platform.
Small, lightweight aerial work platforms offer a safe, comfortable and efficient alternative to scaffolding and ladders. As with traditional stepladders and mobile scaffolding they are suitable for use on flat surfaces and are easy to move around. Depending on the work to be done either a push-around model or a self-propelled aerial work platform can be the ideal solution for working quickly and safely at low level heights.
When to use a push-around LowLevelXS aerial work platform.
It is easy to see the advantages of self-propelled 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-propelled LowLevelXS aerial work platform.
There are many advantages to using an aerial work platform to work at low level heights. Being able to move around safely whilst working at height saves both time and money. Some essential criteria for aerial work platforms suitable for low level access are:
• Weighing less than 500kg allowing for use above ground floor (+Kingspan)
• Being light enough to be transported in a passenger lift
• Compact dimensions, to fit through a standard doorway
• Being 400% more efficient compared to ladders or mobile scaffolding
WHICH IS BETTER: A SELF-PROPELLED OR PUSH-AROUND MODEL?
Advantages of self-propelled models
• More productive in open spaces
• Up to 400% more efficient!
• Go up and down more than 40 times a day
• IPAF 3A training
Advantages of push-around models
• Low cost (purchase and maintenance)
• Direct physical contact = less damage
• Ideal if you need to go up and down fewer than 40 times a day
• Short learning curve
Important factors to consider when purchasing:
• Does the worker really need a self-propelled aerial work platform if it isn’t necessary to move about?
• How long and how often does the worker need to work at height?
• Would you prefer your employee to be given brief instruction or IPAF -3A training?
• When given a choice, your employee will always prefer the best/easiest option: the self-propelled LowLevel XS
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
Direct costs of accidents
The diagram below highlights the cost of workplace accidents.
A chronological list of workplace accidents in the Netherlands from 2007-2013
Self-propelled and push-around aerial work platforms are the best choice for safe and efficient work!
- LowLevelXS aerial work platforms are clearly safer and more efficient than ladders, platforms and scaffolding.
- Push-around aerial work platforms are cheaper than self-propelled aerial work platforms, and in some cases they are also more efficient!
- Approximately 85% of LowLevelXS aerial work platforms are push-around models.
- Only use a self-propelled aerial work platform when necessary.
Low level powered access is the fastest growing sector in the platform sector. This growth has taken place even during the worst recession in living memory