More About MEWPs: Understanding the Different Classes of Lifts

Scissor LiftTo better understand any subject, educators have learnt to integrate into the curriculum the various sections that make up the subject. This approach of modeling curriculum draws vast application even in modern-day training, including in Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) courses.

For a comprehensive understanding of MEWPs, lift operator training includes the different classes of lifts in both the beginner and refresher lift operator courses. Here are four kinds of lifts you can take note of.

1. Telescopic Lifts: This class of lifts mainly draws its applications in the building and agriculture industries. Telehandlers attract this specificity since they are equipped with cranes with attachments at the end. These swappable attachments come in different shapes and sizes to suit the different applications.

2. Reach Lifts: Lifts are classified under reach lifts if they have a mast to stabilise the machine, with the cab on one side and the lift on the opposite side. These lifts are also designed for the driver to operate while standing.

3. Bendi Lifts: Lifts under this class are used in pallet storing in narrow aisles with short turning radii. Since these lifts are generally used for stacking, they can carry loads from the rack without needing a second shift for a single pallet.

4. Counterbalance: Lifts are generally used to transport heavy loads. These lifts have a dense weight at the back of the machine to counterbalance these heavy loads.

It is important to note that, though MEWPs are designed to be in balance once fully loaded, the built-in counterbalances only help prevent the lifts from tipping over. Therefore, you should know how to handle an MEWP when empty or overloaded since balance is automatically compromised here. That’s where training classes in scissor lifts, boom lifts, and other equipment come into the picture.

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However, with the advancing technology in vehicle manufacturing, most suppliers of MEWPs are shifting towards more automatic and electricity-run machines for enhanced industrial safety and improved performance. Consequentially, institutions that offer lift training are tuning their operator courses to include these new developments for learners to be experienced in these technologies to remain relevant in the lift and escalator industry.