Plant Platforms Unravelled

Plant Platforms Unravelled

12th December 2013

Plant platforms are also sometimes known as mobile elevated works platforms (MEWPs) and are used in numerous applications in a wide variety of industries.  These high level walkway installations provide a safe means of accessing areas in commercial and industrial premises.  Some places where plant platforms are being used for access include:

•    Industrial production and chemical plants
•    Food and beverage production plants
•    Services access and support
•    Access to air handling and/or ventilation equipment
•    Laboratory accommodation

It’s often the case that business owners will need a plant platform to perform a particular function.  Where ladders are just not enough, a plant platform provides a safe area that allows employees to access equipment at an elevated level.  This often means that a plant platform will need to be made to order.  Users will require a bespoke solution that is exactly tailored to the job at hand.  Custom built plant platforms and MEWPs will need to comply with all UK Health and Safety Regulations and employees who use them will need special training on Working at Height.

If you’re in need of a plant platform for your business/manufacturing premises, then buying a used plant platform may seem tempting – it’s a great way of cutting costs and keeping overheads low.  However, not all plant platforms will be made the same and it’s vitally important that you choose the correct plant platform for the task at hand.  Employee safety really is of prime importance when working at height and you cannot afford to cut corners by opting for the cheapest solution available.

You will need to confer with architects/planners to ensure that the plant platform you choose is tailor made to suit your premises and that it will provide safe and effective access for your employees.  
Choosing to have a plant platform custom built may not be as expensive as you may think.  A bespoke solution will even save you money in the long run.  It will last longer than a used platform and will be cheaper to install as you won’t need to buy any extra fittings or materials.  Getting a custom made plant platform for your premises means that the installation costs will be part of the package.  

The fabricator you choose to design and make your platform will be able to advise you on the best way forward.  The design team is fully trained to take into consideration the health and safety of your employees.  Their experience and expertise means that they will consult with you to ascertain exactly what it is you need and they will design the best solution within your budget.  Whether you need a walkway platform to access different areas of your premises or a working platform for maintenance and repairs, the fabricator will be able to show you the best solution that will benefit your business.
The design offered will comply with relevant design standards and structural calculations, ensuring that the access solution that you provide for your employees is safe and efficient, making their jobs easier.  The peace of mind derived from choosing a bespoke plant platform solution from an accredited fabricator will leave you free to focus on what you do best – growing your business for the future.