The construction industry has come a long way in recent years with some of best innovations in green technology. Money is business, as businesses are looking for more innovative ways to trade as ethically and as environmentally friendly as possible the industry has turned to better fuels/energy sources to reduce the effects of global warming and pollution.
Powered access vehicles have also come a long way since its humble beginning in the cherry fields, with innovations being made in the safety, accessibility and ecological sustainability of the many elevating platforms systems. As the demand for access equipment has risen over the years so has the technology, driving new vehicles suited to different heights, strengths and weights leading to the production of the main categories of mobile access equipment:
- Scissor Lifts
- Self Propelled Booms
- Truck Mounted
- Cherry Pickers
- Spider machine
- Trailer/Push around
Many of the mobile access vehicles in existence are powered through the use of bio or dual fuel, diesel or petrol, with electrical vehicles only recently being introduced into fleets around Europe. Electrically charged mobile access equipment like the scissor lift and the cherry picker are two of the most commonly hired vehicles to business in the UK for internal maintenance.
What is it good for?
With the Work at Heights Regulations (2005) being so strict businesses are now looking at safer alternatives for height risk work based activities. Business are now more than ever looking at hired access vehicles to undertake annual/routine checks such as changing warehouse light fixtures bulbs, cleaning objects at height, painting ceilings and wall as well as accessing storage and cleaning roof tops. The wide range of use when hired has forced the industry to develop eclectically run vehicles capable of performing as a well as fuel based vehicles.
Electrical powered access has meant that businesses can now invest their time, money and resources into using/hiring a vehicle that can reduce the environmental impact of access usage. Not only does hiring any form of electrical equipment reduce the impact global warming but it also is a lot safer as in emergencies a damage electrically vehicles powered would cut out, were as a fuel powered vehicles if damaged our toppled could cause potential risk to the premises and the environment. Electrically powered access equipment in some equipment has a battery life of over 8 hours, giving users enough time to undertake most tasks with ample about of energy left.
What choices do you have?
A vehicle that can produce a relatively low pollution levels and work outside as well as inside has provided business with a versatile vehicle that can aid a list of commercial applications including warehousing work, industrial applications, pipework, electrical installations, fire protection, air conditioning, aeronautical and oil industry work, building maintenance and industrial cleaning.
Businesses that rarely need the services of hired access platforms may not be aware of dangerous associated with the equipment and the training required to be able to drive and operate an access vehicle. Being educated on the basics of the equipment will always be the best way businesses can ensure they gain access to the most appropriate access equipment with the most effective fuel system. Not all system will provide an electrical powered system but with bio fuel options available business can at least be proactive in the selection and hopefully reduce their carbon footprint.
This post was created on behalf of Loxam Access a specialist hydraulic scissor lift and cherry picker hire company.