Over the last few years spiderlifts have become more mainstream, with a number of construction companies using the equipment to assist them in jobs that require ‘working at height.’ Although spiderlifts are commonly used today, many people are still unaware of what they are and why they are beneficial. In this article we will outline six things you need to know about spiderlifts, to help you get clued up on the equipment.
1. They are different to boom and scissor lifts
Many people get a little confused when it comes to identifying the differences between different types of power-assisted platforms. Whilst boom lifts, scissor lifts and spiderlifts all serve similar purposes; there are a number of key differences between them.
Spiderlifts are easy to identify as they have hinged legs that extend out from the base. Their main advantage over boom and scissor lifts is there ability to extend their hinged arms further, allowing them to access areas that are difficult to reach. Another benefit is that they can be used both inside and outside.
2. Spiderlifts can be used on fragile flooring
Whereas other types of boom lifts and tracked access platforms are too heavy to use on fragile surfaces, spiderlifts are light and compact, making them the ideal piece of machinery. If you are completing construction work or maintenance work inside a building and need to tackle a particularly fragile floor, a spiderlift will make the perfect choice. This is due to the fact that they can spread their weight across the wide base, preventing damage to the fragile surface.
3. They are cheaper to use than scaffolding
Although scaffolding serves the purpose of providing support during maintenance and construction work, you will actually find it cheaper and more convenient to use a spiderlift instead. This is due to the fact that spiderlifts are much easier to setup and manoeuvre. Scaffolding can take a long while to assemble and disassemble and requires a lot of manpower to do so.
Time is money in the world of business and every minute you spent erecting and disassembling is money you could have saved by using a spiderlift instead. You can complete construction and maintenance work much quicker using a spiderlift to assist you.
4. Spiderlifts can be used inside and outside
One of the great things about spiderlifts is that they can be used both inside and outside. Whereas other types of tracked access platforms can only be used outside, because of the diesel fumes they emit, spiderlifts are battery powered and can therefore be used in confined spaces.
5. There are many different spiderlift makes and models available
Like with all machinery, there are many different makes and models of spiderlifts available. This means that you will need to do a little researching before buying or hiring a spiderlift. A good spiderlift dealer will be able to provide you with information on the different types of spiderlifts and their specifications to ensure you choose the right one to suit your intended applications.
6. You should not use a spiderlift without training
Before you can use and operate a spiderlift, you need to undergo the necessary training. Spiderlift training falls under the IPAF Category 1B requirements. You will find that many IPAF accredited hire companies also provide spiderlift training. Once you have passed the practical and theory tests, you will be able operate a spiderlift safely, whilst also complying with the necessary Health and Safety and PUWER regulations.