Every industry houses familiar terms and idioms, maybe not so familiar to others, and the construction and industrial equipment industry is no different. So, we’ve created our new Definition Recognition series to help those less familiar navigate industry terms/phrases, with the purpose to educate and facilitate informed decisions. In part two of Definition Recognition, we explore what articulating and telescopic mean and the differences associated with each kind of machine.
Articulating Versus Telescopic
Articulating refers to a lift’s ability to hinge, or articulate, allowing increased entry to areas needing accessed. Articulating boom lifts are ideal for projects requiring access to tight or hard-to-reach areas. The special features of articulating boom lifts include:
- Ideal for confined work areas.
- Great for indoor spaces.
- Can be maneuvered and positioned in a myriad of ways.
Articulating boom lift
Telescopic refers to lifts which are engineered to extend up and down and resemble high-reach forklifts but include booms attached to them. Telescopic boom lifts are perfect for projects requiring materials be lifted to inconvenient heights, like roofing projects. The special features of telescopic boom lifts include:
- Ideal for smaller job sites.
- Perfect for working from a distance.
- Increases jobsite efficiency.
- Can be used on rough terrain areas.
Telescopic boom lifts
(Lauren Horne, fourth from left)
A former Hugg & Hall Equipment Company (Hugg & Hall) intern, Lauren Horne, was recently awarded the Burlsworth Memorial Scholarship. Lauren worked as an intern in the Client Engagement Team, in the summer of 2018, where she contributed to customer service and digital marketing efforts. She is a successful honors student studying supply chain management at the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business.
Each year $5,000 scholarships are awarded to 13 or more students who are characterized as academic overachievers. Like Brandon Burlsworth, these are students, primarily from smaller towns, who did not receive much attention when they arrived on campus as freshmen, but who have, through hard work, perseverance and character become academic “stars,” according to the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation.
Since 1999, hundreds of Burlsworth scholarships have been awarded at the University of Arkansas, according to the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation. The students are selected by the University of Arkansas Scholarship Committee. Members of the Burlsworth family and the board of directors of the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation travel to Fayetteville to recognize these outstanding students.
The Hugg & Hall team is honored to have hosted such a promising student and wishes Lauren all the best with her bright future/career, ahead!
Most job sites today require some form of elevating system, most commonly either scaffolding or mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). Scaffolding is the long-standing choice for many contractors but MEWPs offer many advantages from lower worker fatigue and specialized safety features. In the dynamic environment of today, it’s important to weigh the benefits of adapting to technological advances. So, we’ve put together a quick list of some of the major benefits of replacing everyday scaffolding with modern MEWPs.
One of the best reasons to convert from scaffolding to a MEWP is basic arithmetic. The less time your workers have to spend assembling, climbing up while carrying tools/supplies and navigating around scaffolding, the more time, energy and productivity is focused on getting the actual project done. MEWPs allow workers to access the desired area in less time, without having to manually hoist supplies, in an energy-conserving manner. According to work studies cited in an article on Genie’s Aerial Pros site, work completed using lifts versus scaffolding required less time and less workers. Types of jobs studied included: wall surface cleaning, pillar painting and lighting maintenance. That’s why improved efficiency is one of the top reasons production managers should consider making the switch to MEWPs.
Another excellent reason to switch from scaffolding to MEWP use is the simple fact that access to required areas is comprehensive. There’s a MEWP for every terrain and jobsite. Whether it be a rough terrain boom lift or a slab scissor lift, there’s a machine for every project. MEWPs don’t require ties to a structure for stability and allow for precise positioning, flexibility and improved access to work areas: bolstering productivity and efficiency. Comprehensive and wide-ranging access is just another reason to consider making the switch from scaffolding today.
Falls are one of the most common workplace hazards, especially for the construction industry, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). That being said, the inspection, procedures and installation related to scaffolding and MEWPs are seriously applied. MEWPs provide certain safety features that scaffolding does not. MEWPs provide guardrail systems which are meant to support fall protection measures and differ from scaffolding in that it provides safety that moves with the operator/occupants. Lanyard attachments and inspection/operation procedures are provided by manufacturers and, if followed, support the safety of workers. That’s why safety is another reason to consider making the switch to MEWPs, today.