If you are in charge of building maintenance, whether for a local school, a large commercial organisation or a residential development, there will be times when you need to access fixtures and fittings located in high places. Light bulbs and smoke alarms are two examples found inside buildings; guttering and roofing tiles are two examples found outside.
This is especially important for roofers who have to reach the highest point of a building on a daily basis. Items such as ladders, which are needed on a regular basis, can be purchased and stored onsite. Other items, which may be used less frequently, such as vertical scissors lifts and cherry pickers (boom-type lifts), can be hired from local companies. Below, we take a look at three of the more commonly used pieces of equipment and how you may be able to use them.
Using the Right Equipment
As everybody knows, a workman (or woman) is only as good as his tools and when dealing with access to high places this is especially true. Take a look at the list of equipment below and see which types may be suitable for you.
Cherry Picker – If you have ever had to repair guttering, soffits, or fascia board in the past, you may well have used an extendable ladder to reach them. However, while there is no doubt that ladders still have their uses in the 21st century, you will find that a cherry picker provides a safer, more stable surface when working at height. They are usually mounted on the back of a truck and while buying one may be out of the question due to budgetary constraints, you should be able to hire one quite easily. If you are working in the South West, you can find companies that specialise in the hire of access equipment in Bath, Bristol, and other cities in the area.
Scaffolding – For outside building maintenance tasks in high places that cover a large area, such as the repointing of mortar, scaffolding may be more practical than a cherry picker. This is especially true if several people will be performing the work at the same time. As with cherry pickers, you should be able to hire all the scaffolding you need from local firms. However, you must ensure that the firm you pick can erect the scaffolding as well as supply it because this is not a job that should be performed by unqualified personnel.
Scissor Lift – if you need to change many light fixtures at the same time, a scissor lift will be more practical, due to its mobility, than a scaffolding tower. Again, local firms should be able to supply what you need.
For prices and availability, you should call or email the hire companies that are located closest to you. It is worth contacting several different suppliers, to make sure that you get a good deal.