Access Equipment and MEWPs: What’s the Difference?

Back in the day, before the age of motors and ropes and ladders, people couldn’t reach areas of height. They could only simply look and dream of reaching those altitudes. Luckily around the 1930s, the first mobile elevating work platforms began to emerge. This 1930’s access equipment is far from our modern-day scissor lifts and cherry pickers, which offer much more safety, and range of access than back then.

But what exactly is access equipment? and how does it relate to MEWPs? Are there different types of access equipment? We’ll be diving into these questions below to discover the answers.

What is Access Equipment?

Access equipment encompasses a wide range of tools and equipment that are designed to access and work safely at areas of height. This includes everything from ropes to ladders to scissor lifts. Roofers, builders, painters, and power line workers will all need some form of access equipment to reach the areas they need to work on.

Because of the wide range – it’s important to make sure that you’re using the right equipment for the job that you’re doing. You may not need a scissor lift to work on the 1st floor window of a house, and a ladder may not cut it if you need to reach the roof of a high rise in the city center.

Static and Mobile Access Equipment

Choosing the right equipment is essential to work safely and prevent falls in areas of height. There are two main types of access equipment – mobile and static. Mobile access equipment can be moved while work is being done on the equipment, while static must stay in place while work is being done.

Mobile access equipment includes any access equipment that can be moved while in use. Common types include:

  • Cherry Pickers
  • Scissor Lifts
  • Push Around Lifts
  • Mobile Access Towers
  • Mobile Low Level platforms
  • Most Powered Access Equipment
  • Other access platforms that can be moved while in use.

While static access equipment includes solutions like:

  • Scaffolding
  • Ladders
  • Scaffold Towers
  • Step Ladders
  • Access steps

MEWPs: Access Equipment Hire at Star Platforms

Star Platforms specialises in indoor mobile access equipment hire – or rather, indoor mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). The majority of our MEWPs are offered either bi-fuel or electric – making them perfect for any indoor work at height.

We supply a range of MEWPs for both short-term hire and for sale. Our low-level platforms can provide low-level access to be used in warehouses and projects that don’t involve extreme heights – where our scissor lifts can reach up to 22 meters high!

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