Types of Mobile Elevated Work PlatformJanuary 23, 2020
If you’re not familiar with the industry, working at height can be a minefield. There's different types of equipment to choose from and lots of terminologies to learn. It’s essential to get it right, though as using the wrong access equipment increases risk and the likelihood of accidents, as well as making your job harder.
Types of MEWP
A Mobile Elevated Work Platform or MEWP for short provides a safe platform to complete work at height. There are two main types: boom and vertical and they can be mobile or static, with mobile meaning they are drivable when elevated, which saves time if you have a lot of work at height jobs to do in one location.
Vertical MEWPs provide vertical lift only; there are a few different types.
Scissor lifts are identifiable from their distinct criss-cross, scissor-like mechanism; they can be diesel or electric. They provide simple, safe and quick access to height and are ideal for inside warehouses, with some more compact models able to pass through narrow passages and single doorways. There is a range to choose from – view ours here or train to be an operator with our IPAF training course, Category 3a Mobile Vertical.
Push around vertical (PAV)
PAVs are small MEWPs that need to be moved manually into position. They are ideal for indoor, low-level access work, such as inside a warehouse. Read more about our PAV Push Around Vertical IPAF course here.