When and where to use low level work platforms
Posted on 17th Aug, 2015 | By Lorretta Tatham
Low level work platforms have become a staple in the workplace. Also known as “hop ups” they help tradespeople to access those just out of reach areas and are quicker and safer to use than other alternatives – such as ladders and steps. While they may be easy to use and convenient, health and safety still reigns – and despite their size, injuries from low level falls are among the most common In today’s blog we’re looking at when you should and shouldn’t use low level platforms and the importance of using the right access equipment for the job.
When to use low level work platforms
If you need something safe and sturdy to allow you to complete those jobs just half a metre from your reach, the low level platform is great. Its broad base and splayed legs ensure a secure base to work from – so you don’t have to worry about balance. Even better, it’s light and easy to move around, while quick to fold away after use. So, for those odd jobs such as plastering and painting, where you need just a little bit of help, the low level work platform should be your product of choice.
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Reasons for seeking other access equipment
Low level platforms, however, do provide limited height and a lack of support in comparison to other types of access equipment. While durable, they should only be used for low-level access. If they don’t quite give you the height required, and you need to overreach, another product – such as a stepladder – should be used.
If the work you’re doing involves you having to reach, use tools and equipment, or potentially be unsteady, a podium or work platform with rails should be considered. Not only are they more comfortable to work from for long periods of time, they also significantly reduce the risk of injury when working at a height. Options to consider include:
One of the downsides of a low level work platform is its uniform height. Unlike other access products, it doesn’t have the versatility of enabling a user to reach multiple heights. If this is required for a job, we recommend using a step ladder. Like a low level work platform they can be relatively lightweight, compact and easy to transport around – however, they offer the added benefit of multiple heights plus stability. Some also come with tool trays, ensuing a safe and easy way to access your tools while working. Options to consider, depending on the job, include:
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