All You Need to Know About Telescopic Boom Hire
A Telescopic Boom Lift is a type of Powered Access machine, engineered to allow safe working at height and to enable access to hard to reach areas. Telescopic Booms (also known as Cherry Pickers) are designed to either reach just vertically and horizontally, commonly known as Stick Booms, or to reach over objects at height using a knuckled arm commonly known as Articulated Booms. An Articulated Boom can access tricky areas with great manoeuvrability, reaching over obstacles that are in the way.
This blog will help you discover
- What are the different types of Telescopic Booms available and which one is right for you?
- Top Tips on what to consider when hiring a Telescopic Boom Lift.
- Working at Height - what you need to know.
- How to hire from A-Plant Powered Access and Plantfinder (Scotland).
What are the different types of Telescopic Booms available and which one is right for you?
Our telescopic booms are available in a range of sizes, allowing a reach of up to 43m and an outreach of up to 24m. Telescopic Boom Lifts are powered in a number of ways and it is important to assess where the boom lift will be used and for what purpose, in order to select the correct option for your project.
- Electric (Battery Powered): Electric Booms are perfectly suited for indoor working, generating low levels of noise and a fume- free solution. They are also available with non-marking tyres to protect indoor surfaces.
- Bi-Energy booms: Bi-Energy Booms utilise a small diesel engine which can power the machine or charge the battery, making them suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Bi-Energy Booms are perfect for working in large areas because the diesel engine can be used to drive the machine and move from location to location, and the operator can then switch to battery once stationary - for zero fume and low noise applications.
- Diesel: Well suited for outdoor use, the Diesel Boom provides the largest vertical, horizontal and diagonal reach.They are capable of travelling over rough or uneven terrain to the place of work. Consideration must be given to the ground conditions to ensure the weight of the machine is fully supported.
Top Tips on what to consider when hiring a Telescopic Boom Lift
It is important to select the right specification of boom lift for your application and our team will need to understand the details of the work you are undertaking and the specific location in order to select the right piece of equipment. Things to consider when planning include:
- Is the job indoors or outdoors? This will affect whether a diesel, electric or bi-energy boom is more suitable.
- What is the route that the Boom Lift will need to take to get to the location? Are there any height or weight restrictions on the way such as bridges or archways?
- What are the ground conditions that the Boom Lift will park on and are there any weight restrictions? Check for manhole or utility covers beforehand and ensure a suitable method of additional support and coverage is in place.
- Once in position, is there anything in the way that will prevent the Boom Lift from getting next to the building? This could include bike shelters or benches, or even landscaping and gardens which need protecting.This will need to be factored in to ensure the lift has a sufficient total reach.
- Check for overhead obstructions such as telephone cables and electricity power lines. Ensure there is a clear working radius.
- Is anything hidden obstructing the work area? If using an Articulated Boom to access a hard to reach location, check for objects which could cause an obstruction, such as a hidden wall that the boom will need to reach over. The knuckles of the boom will need to be higher than the obstruction, influencing the size of machine required.
- Have the operators undertaken the IPAF 3b training required to operate a Telescopic Boom? Alongside our range of equipment, A-Plant can also advise on training and our fully accredited courses provide a one stop shop solution for Powered Access.
Working at Height - what you need to know.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause injury. Falls from height remain the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury. The regulations ensure that all work at height is properly planned and organised and that the required training is completed for all workers. All risks must be properly assessed, and the appropriate equipment suited to the specific requirements selected. All equipment must be properly maintained and inspected.
In order to minimise risk, our team will help you find the safest solution for the job you need to complete. We constantly invest in the newest equipment on the market, and so hiring from A-Plant Powered Access or Plantfinder (Scotland) means you get the reassurance of reliable and safe equipment which meets all current LOLER and PUWER requirements.
It is important to consider the following safety concerns when planning work at height using a Telescopic Boom:
- Ensure the equipment selected is the appropriate specification for the task.
- Take account of weather conditions that could compromise worker safety
- Check that the place (e.g. a roof) where work at height is to be undertaken is safe. Re-check the location each time someone re-starts works.
- Stop materials or objects from falling using tethers and implement exclusion zones on the ground
How to Hire from A-Plant Powered Access
To hire Telescopic Booms and all other types of Powered Access equipment, you can visit our service centres and leave a deposit relative to the equipment value, or alternatively you can set up a credit account. This is a simple process that can be via email or in a service centre location. You will need to provide references and confirmation of insurances and then your credit account can be approved and activated within 24 to 48 hours! Once your account is set up, you can hire from any of 33 dedicated Powered Access service centres across the UK, and also access the thousands of other products available to hire from across the specialist A-Plant divisions.
A-Plant also offer the full range of IPAF courses, including the specific IPAF 3B training required to use a Telescopic Boom. We were named IAPA Training Centre of the Year in 2018 for our accredited training. Call our team for advice about your training requirements or find out more about our courses here, customer training courses