Mobile Elevating Work Platforms, also commonly known as MEWPs, are handy pieces of equipment used by those working at height. MEWPs can provide workers with a safe platform alongside quick and secure access, yet as with all equipment and machinery, it is important to ensure that they are regularly maintained and all operators are fully trained.
There are various different types of MEWPs, each with its own characteristics. What is a MEWP, and what should each one be used for? The answer to this question will vary depending on which type of machinery is being referred to, which is why we have put together a guide to some of the different types of MEWP.
Also known as articulated boom lifts, cherry pickers are a practical, versatile type of MEWP. Cherry picker benefits include an extensive range of movement and a strong sideways reach, making them a great choice for both internal and external use. MEWP cherry pickers can be found in various sizes with differing features, further cementing their flexibility in the working environment.
Telescopic booms, also referred to as stick boom lifts, are similar to cherry pickers but offer increased extension and manoeuvrability. Their caged platforms can extend horizontally as well as vertically, and again, can be used either indoors or out. Rough terrain features can also be found on certain models for external use.
Lorry Mounted Platforms
As the name suggests, this type of MEWP is ideal for moving between multiple workplaces or locations, as well as for projects with tight deadlines. Offering both vertical and horizontal extension, lorry mounted platforms are versatile and easily transportable. This type of MEWP is well suited to external use.
These lifts are best suited for working in external environments and can cope well with steep or uneven ground, improving their accessibility. Benefits of spider lifts include their extension, low-point loading, and suitability for use on soft ground. Highly versatile, spider lifts are regularly used by those working at height.
Scissor lifts are one of the most common types of MEWPs. Providing vertical access with a large, secure platform for workers, these straight lifts can be used both indoors and out. Standard size scissor lifts can be quite bulky, however, so narrow-width versions are also available for more confined spaces.
Push around vertical platform lifts (PAV) are a type of compact, mobile scissor lift. Offering limited vertical extension, PAV lifts are primarily used for indoor access at low levels, such as in warehouses. Lightweight and easy to move around, PAV lifts are the smallest of the life options on this list.
Here at North East Access Training, we are proud to be one of the leading training providers in Newcastle and Tyne and Wear for those working at height. We offer a range of training courses, including IPAF, PASMA, and harness training, giving you the flexibility to choose the right course for your requirements.
IPAF training is essential for employees using MEWPs as it ensures that every operator is equipped with the knowledge and training they need to ensure a safe working environment. To find out more about our IPAF training courses or to book your place on an upcoming course, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.