A mobile elevating work platform or cherry picker is the best way to do work at height safely. However, there are many kinds of cherry pickers designed for specific purposes, and each one operates differently. You need to know how to choose the right cherry picker for what you need to do.
Here are some cherry picker guidelines from Staffordshire’s Premier Platforms.
The first thing you have to do is to make sure that the person assigned to choose and operate the cherry picker is competent to do so. The operator should understand the risks of using cherry pickers, and have enough training to operate it safely.
If that person is you, then you should have no problems. However, if there is no such person available, you should consult with someone who can advise you correctly. You may want to consult with the rental company about the possibility of hiring a competent operator to go with the cherry picker.
The Cherry Picker
Cherry pickers have different working height and reach capacities. You need to think about a few things about the work before you can choose the right cherry picker for the job.
- 1. Nature of the work
- 2. Ground conditions i.e. rough, finished surface
- 3. Access to the site i.e. terrain
- 4. Potential dangers i.e. overhead power lines
- 5. Available space for manoeuvrability
- 6. Ground bearing capacity
- 7. Required load, height, and reach capacity
- 8. Mobility during elevation
- 9. Material handling requirements
When you know all these things, you will be able to choose the right machine to hire. If not that, then you can at least give specific details when making a request from the rental company.
Choosing the right machine is just one part of the equation. The next thing you have to do is to plan for safety. Find out if you need special safety equipment such as gloves and harnesses. You will also have to find out if there is anything you need to control in the area where you will need the cherry picker, such as traffic. In most cases, daytime is the safest time to operate a cherry picker, but that will depend on circumstances. If you need to work at night, you have to arrange for enough lighting to make the work go smoothly.
Choosing the right cherry picker for work at height is important for safety. If you have doubts about choosing the right one, consult with a professional.