The access industry plays a vital role in the supply of tools and machinery to construction and maintenance companies both big and small. This article looks at the most popular tools in use today and how they benefit workers all over the world.

Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms

Vehicle or truck-mounted access solutions are ideal for on the road maintenance. They are often used by utility companies for gaining access to pylons and other structures. These machines are invaluable for frequent small jobs requiring access in many different locations. The operator can simply drive up to the location and begin work.

Trailer Mounted Access Platforms

These access platforms are easily transported due to their in-built trailer and hitching mechanism. A regular vehicle can deliver the platform to the site, allowing the worker to transport the tool to different jobs. Although trailer mounted platforms take longer to set up than vehicle-mounted alternatives, they offer the advantage of being more manoeuvrable. The operator can often fit these through smaller gaps, making them ideal for indoor use. Some manufacturers also offer drive options so manual pushing and manipulating into position can be avoided.

Self-Propelled Access Platforms

Self-propelled access platforms have inbuilt engines and drive systems. Battery-powered machines are on a rapid increase for environment protection. This allows the platform to be driven into position, some models are designed to cope with rough terrain and severe gradients up to 50%, unlike trailer mounts where many need to be manually positioned. Some even come with remote control functionality, allowing the operator to stand clear of the platform whilst it is moving. Of course, this type of access platformdoes requires a suitable trailer for transportation between sites.

Spider Access Platforms

Spider platforms can be either manual or self-propelled. They are designed for enhancing maneuverability with legs that fold in during transport. This allows spider access platforms to fit through more narrow spaces, such as doorways. As a result, this type of platform is often found working indoors on construction and property maintenance jobs.

Scissor Lifts

This type of platform is useful during the construction of the warehouse and other buildings. They can reach significant heights in a vertical-only direction. Scissor lifts are perfect for the installation of cladding, signs, and a variety of other uses.

Boom Lifts

This type of platform can be driven at height and often doesn’t require the use of outriggers whilst the worker is operating the machine. This allows the platform to travel from one spot to another without picking up the machine, helping to improve worker efficiency.

Tracked Vs Wheeled Platforms

Most of the platforms listed above can be specified with either tracks or wheels. Which one you choose should depend on your needs. Tracked access platforms can tackle some of the most extreme terrain types but are often more expensive. In addition, tracks sometimes work better on delicate surfaces such as interior floors as they spread the load more effectively. Some platforms can be specified with indoor wheels, however. These can help protect flooring without requiring a track to do so.


The access industry involves a wide range of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP). There are more options to choose from than you might have imagined. With the different options available, there’s a MEWP to suit the most specific requirements.