Types of Man Lifts
Designed specifically to vertically lift personnel to higher areas, scissor lifts are common in the construction industry to help transport or lift personnel form one location to another. Man lifts are power-driven and offer platforms or steps and special handholds to provide safe transport. The type of construction work being done would decide exactly which kind of man lift would be utilized in a project.
Electrically Insulated Man Lifts
According to Man and Material Lift Engineering, the man lift most preferred for working in close proximity to electrocution hazards are electrically insulated man lifts. The electrically insulated man lifts provide protection to workers against accidental electrocution. These machinery follow the American National Standards Institute A92.2 Category C, 46kV Rated. These electrically insulated man lifts offer fiberglass insulated booms, fiber optic control cables and are operated on nonconductive hydraulic hoses that serve to reduce ground error.
The scissor lift is a unique machinery capable of transporting personnel vertically to difficult-to-reach places. The scissor lift derived its name because of the scissor type of design of the folding supports which serve to lower and raise the platform. To be able to raise the lift, every one of the folding supports is opened in order to extend the platform to higher heights.
The scissor lift would either be powered manually or hydraulically. The hydraulic powered system does not depend on power, however allows the scissor lifts to descend with just a release of hydraulic pressure. Since the possibility of mechanical malfunctions preventing the platform from descending to the ground rapidly is eliminated, hydraulic systems make safer scissor lifts at the end of the day.
Man lifts are designed in a huge range of weight capacities. Several man lifts have the capability to only hold many people while others have the ability to hold one person. Platform lifts and scissor lifts are more conducive for transporting many people, as boom lifts have less space located in their bucket.