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People, who undertake IPAF and PASMA training courses, whether that is in Newcastle or Tyne and Wear, will be all too familiar with aerial work platforms, more commonly known as AWPs. These are platforms used for working at height.

There are different types of AWP platforms, and this will be the topic of discussion today. Each type of platform has its own features and advantages that make it ideal for different situations. Below we will highlight three different types of AWPs for our readers.

Aerial AWP

Some people refer to the Aerial AWP as the cherry picker.

Aerial AWPs are a common sight at most construction sites and maintenance projects. They are heavily involved in the telecommunications industry and the power sector too. Companies use this type of AWP to connect power lines and re-establish broken phone line infrastructure. Even firefighters use Aerial AWPs during fire and rescue missions. These platforms have additional features as well. A few important ones include a piped water supply, which allows for water to flow from the fire engine to the affected area. A water cannon is another handy feature on Aerial AWPs, as they aid firefighters in their task.

A Scissor Lift

One look at the scissor lift and you will know why they call it that. The scissor lift gets its name from the unique scissor-like design of the AWP. It is primarily designed for going up and down, and the way it works is fairly straightforward. To move the AWP up, pressure is applied on the outside set of folding supports. This elongates the crossing ‘X’ pattern and pushes the AWP upwards. The contraction process is usually hydraulic or mechanical.

Aside from the vertical motion, some Scissor Lifts might come with a few handy accessories, the key one being an extending bridge. This bridge allows access to work areas that are otherwise restricted due to the AWP’s vertical only movement. Another great feature of the Scissor Lift is that it has a fail-safe option that can be triggered by manually releasing a value at any time. Doing so will allow the platform to return to the ground safely.

A Hotel lift

Sometimes the nature of the work is as simple as changing the light bulb of a motorway light. A Hotel Lift is ideal for such purposes. It’s a small lift that uses mechanical devices to extend. Hotel Lifts operate vertically, just like scissor lifts, and they also have a very limited capability when it comes to overall weight requirement and the degree of extension. That is why you will see them being used mostly for remedial tasks.

To conclude, the use of AWP platforms is popular in different industries today, and IPAF training and PASMA training are instrumental in ensuring skilled workers operate these AWPs. These are individuals who are comfortable working at height and follow work health and safety regulations vigorously.