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If you don't work at height very often or are unsure about which type of access equipment to use, it is important that you assess the risks and select the right equipment for the job. The following table will provide you with some possible solutions.

It provides you with details of some of the most common types of access equipment. There are of course, also many other types of access equipment available.

Height of planned task work duration time between eqpt movements access width reqd work activity freestanding item
high/low level long/short long only narrow/wide heavy/medium/light no Fixed scaffold
high/low level long/short long/short narrow/wide medium/light yes Mobile scaffold
high/low level long/short long/short wide only medium/light yes MEWP scissor multi user
high/low level long/short long/short narrow/wide medium/light yes MEWP scissor single user
high/low level long/short long/short wide only medium/light yes MEWP boom multi user
high/low level long/short long/short wide only medium/light yes MEWP boom single user
low level short only long/short narrow/wide light only yes Podium steps
low level short only long/short narrow/wide light only no Leaning ladder
low level short only long/short narrow/wide light only yes Step ladder
low level long/short long only narrow/wide medium/light yes Trestle
low level short only long/short narrow/wide light only yes Hop up

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The table does not specifically deal with horizontal reach. However equipment such as certain types of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) will provide horizontal reach. You should always refer to the manufacturers information for more details.

Definitions Approximately...
Is access to the job restricted? Yes equipment requires larger width than a standard doorway
No equipment will fit through a standard doorway
Work activity Light cleaning windows, replacing light bulbs, painting/decorating, inspection
Medium replacing roof tiles, or a small pane of glass or light building works
Heavy building, replacement of heavy machine parts

Why is it important?