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High Reaching Solutions were asked to supply a solution to an awkward situation in Leeds. Decorators needed to work safely at height, 11 meters up and in a relatively confined internal space. 
They needed Scarlett Grace, our Platform Basket 13.80 Hybrid narrow tracked spiderlift as she was small and able to set-up and operate in a confined area. With her outrigger footprint of less than 3 meters, both in width and length and her boom just short of 3.5 meters in length without the basket attached. She also had negative tail-swing and her lithium batteries kept noise down to a whisper and engine fumes were non-existent, which is ideal for working internally. 
Scarlett Grace going through offset doors
 
Internal view where Scarlett Grace needed to get to
 
High Reaching Solutions have given their 'Ladies' the weekend off. 
WHY? 
 
Because over the last 10 years they have been extremely busy helping people to work safely at height! 
 
Since we started on the First of September 2008 we can proudly say "WE HAVE A 100% SAFETY RECORD"! 
 
That's right, a 100% safety, with no near misses! 
 
Not only that, we also have a near perfect attendance record. We are always on site before the scheduled time other than the ONE occassion when our transport vehicle had a serious breakdown. Once in 10 years and covering the whole of the UK, that's not bad and I think you'll agree! 
Tracked spider booms arranged in an attempt to display the number 10
An attempt to display the number 10 using the booms of the tracked spiders and Sophie, although not a shy lady, is trying to stay out of the limelight. 
 
 
History shows us that working at height had to evolve to become quicker, cheaper and more importantly safer. This entailed moving on from old wooden ladders, wooden gantries and trestles and of course, hanging from ropes. No…not the around the neck type but around the waist or siting on a sling. 
 
We have now progressed to strong alloy ladders, alloy or steel scaffolding, rope access technicians (with purpose made equipment) and of course access platforms. 
 
Most are self-explanatory, but what is an Access Platform? Simply put, an access platform is a temporary work platform attached to the end of a boom and is manoeuvred into position via a system of hydraulically operated arms/booms. 
 
They are known by different names, here are a few; 
• Cherry Picker - used by most as a basic description of all access platforms. 
• Scissor Lift – a four wheeled vertical platform known by some as a 'flying carpet'. 
• Boom Lift - a general term for four-wheeled self-propelled boom type machines. 
• Spider - a term used for a tracked access platform with outriggers. 
• Trailer Mounted – a road towable platform that can be towed behind a car. 
• Truck Mounted – a platform which is fitted to a vehicle chassis. 
• Vertical Boom - a term used for stock pickers or manlifts. 
• MEWP - Mobile Elevated Work Platform, the descriptive term. 
Early morning start for Scarlett Grace, quiet as a whisper! 
Early morning start for Scarlett Grace, High Reaching Solutions 13.80 tracked spider hybrid access platform was need as her initial position faced a very busy and narrow road in York.  
 
Her lithium batteries enabled her to run as quiet as a whisper which meant we were able to work without disturbing the local residence situated in flats across the road and her compact size and negative tailswing allowed a smaller setup and operating area.  
 
So even with traffic management in place the early morning buses and other road users could still get passed without any issues. 
 
 
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