From changing light fittings to performing maintenance overhead, boom lifts are a popular type of access equipment for working at height and getting into hard to reach places. But to be able to work safely and efficiently with booms we must choose the right type of equipment to get the job done. Use this guide to inform your search – or reach out to Coates Hire for help today.
What are boom lifts? Boom lifts are a common type of access equipment, aptly named for an extendable hydraulic arm (or boom) that supports the work platform.
How does a boom lift work? Boom lifts consist of a work platform (or bucket), a hydraulic lifting system (either straight or jointed), and a base that can either be grounded, mobile, or mounted on a truck or trailer.
What is the difference between a boom lift and scissor lift? Scissor lifts only extend vertically, while boom lifts can move both vertically and horizontally. And while boom lifts typically have higher and more versatile reach, they also tend to feature smaller work platforms.
When can boom lifts be used? Boom lifts are a useful and versatile type of access equipment for many industries, but they are particularly popular within construction and the industrial sectors. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, booms can support a variety of tasks that involve working above the ground, like:
Are there different types of booms? Yes – booms come in a variety of different forms:
Coates Hire’s unrivalled range of access equipment features all of these popular boom lifts and much more.
Asking the right questions can help you to choose the right boom. Here’s what you should consider:
Safety is a really important consideration when it comes to choosing access equipment – so as well as choosing the right type of boom make sure you have trained and qualified personnel available to work safely at height too. Coates Hire’s registered training organisation offers a range of elevated work platform training. Coates Hire is also deeply committed to improving safety for access equipment, through driving industry change and improving the safety of its own fleet.
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