Scaffolding has been used throughout history, playing a key role in the construction industry as the safest, most efficient way of working in those hard to reach places. However, since the invention of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), scaffolding has been replaced by a much safer, more efficient way of getting the job done!
Although scaffolding is still commonly used in painting, window washing, and many other industries to this day, the fact remains that MEWPs make it safer to work at heights up to 60 feet. In case you’re still not convinced, here’s a few reasons why you should choose MEWPs over scaffolding at your jobsite!
- Greater access. MEWPs can be used almost anywhere scaffolding can. New features like all-terrain wheels, self-leveling, and scissors on tracks allow them to operate in places they previously could not go. In fact, they can often go places scaffolding can’t!
- Safer for workers. Scaffolding and ladders are risky to work on. They are not equipped with outriggers like most lifts which give you extra stability. Scaffolding often requires many more safety measures to be in place to ensure a hazard free working environment.
- Cheaper to use. When work stops due to unexpected circumstances, it’s safer to dismantle and rebuild scaffolding when work resumes. Every time you do this, it adds cost to the job. MEWPs can be lowered and moved to storage with much less time and labor!
- Increased risk of falls. OSHA mandates the use of PPE when working at 10 feet or more. Yet, when using scaffolding, contractors often insist on fall protection starting at six feet due to higher fall risk.