In the United States, construction is a massive industry, currently the second largest in the world. In that industry, heavy equipment plays a vital role in the ability of workers to perform their job. There are many different types of heavy machinery necessary in construction, as well as other industry, and aerial lifts are a type that allows for types of work that could not be performed otherwise, and below are the brief explanations of seven different types of aerial lifts.
- Scissor Lifts: Otherwise known as a table lift, these are pieces of industrial equipment that have been modified for retail and wholesale use, primarily in warehouse environments. These are high effective in situations that call for speed and mobility.
- Telescopic Boom Lift: This type of lift is capable of over 140 feet of reach, giving workers accessibility to vital, but hard-to-reach areas. Although all aerial lifts can be dangerous, it is especially important to adhere to aerial lift training requirements in this variety due to the extremity of its reach.
- Articulated Boom Lift: These immense machines are similar to telescopic booms, only instead of a great reach, they have more maneuverability and can reach higher. These are generally operated from the basket, making them highly efficient. Again, aerial lift training requirements should be strictly enforced with anyone even considering operating this piece of heavy equipment.
- Towable Boom Lifts: This piece of construction lift equipment is exactly as it sounds. It is a boom lift that is towed and is often used in jobs where there is either a tight space to navigate, or where the ground is more easily damaged, such as on a lawn. This is due to the lighter weight of a towable boom. These generally employ an articulated arm, but telescopic varieties can be found when needed.
- Telescopic Handlers: These are widely used in agriculture and industry, and are used to lift and carry materials at a great height. They often have pallet forks attached and most often are used to carry heavy materials that are beyond the reach of a forklift. They are capable of lifting up to 10,000 pounds and have a reach of approximately six stories.
- Carry Deck Cranes: These are, comparatively, miniature cranes that can be used on both indoor and outdoor job sites. They are self-propelled and can often move while carrying their load. The name comes from the attached carry deck most have.
- Personnel Lifts: This is an aerial work platform that can maneuver well around obstructions, while providing a relatively stable work platform, far more so than a ladder. They can raise this platform to roughly 47 feet.