Cell Tower Maintenance

Excellent Boom Lifts to Assist With Cell Tower Maintenance

Some people think that tower climbers belong to a special category of workers – naturally deprived of height issues. This is not true. The feeling of safety while working at the height is provided by modern reliable equipment. You can easily take all precautions and guarantee 100% safety for a climber following some basic instructions. The worst thing in this profession is ignorance.

It’s not so scary when you use appropriate equipment

All those beautifully painted industrial structures, and towers in particular, need a regular maintenance and repair. This type of service is highly demanded. It might be an anchor replacement or repairs of the damage caused by storm. It’s always better to catch the problem before it starts. Do not think that tower maintenance is a huge and pricey enterprise. In fact, you need a group of skillful climbers, a set of instruments and a boom lift to get the job done.

Cell tower maintenance requires a reliable boom lift

Boom lifts from Alpha Platforms are undoubtedly the best option for tower maintenance and repair. Once you try them in work, you realize that operations at height are quite simple. No other equipment would let you reach the top and sides of the tower better than large boom arms and extendable baskets of boom lifts. This type of equipment is absolutely safe when you take basic precautions and use it in a right way.

Boom lifts are rather versatile, consider the characteristics of the tower and its location to choose the best option. If you have to deal with a number of obstacles or access some hard-to-reach areas while doing the job, choose an articulating boom lift. As it has several articulating boom sections, you will be provided better mobility at the height. This is also an optimal choice if you have to work in a confined area or a tight space. But when it comes to tower maintenance, it’s normally enough to use a telescopic boom lift. This type of equipment reaches very far and high areas and may overcome obstacles as well. One more big advantage is an opportunity to work really fast – such lifts get a required working position very quickly. But do not even start without a skillful operator, if you need one you may contact Alpha Platforms as well.

Boom lifts are a great choice not only for maintenance of cell towers, of course, but also for all other types of towers: concealed, monopole, lattice, guyed ones. Regardless of the tower type, you can rely on the experience and professionalism of Alpha Platforms!

Transmission Lines Repair

Best Assistance For Transmission Lines Repair At Height

At the very first symptoms of poor operation of transmission lines, you need to provide the proper immediate repair. You could have seen some pictures where transmission lines are reached by helicopters for some operations, but this way is too extreme and not commonly used as the industry has a wide range of modern aerial lifts.

Aerial lifts as unrivaled option for transmission lines repair

Boom lifts are widely used in urban and industrial locations. This type of equipment is provided with a reliable and powerful articulating arm that may reach the top of transmission lines and bend to travel along the entire structure. Crew members are easily lifted and lowered to access all areas of the structure and have all the necessary repair instruments at hand moving along with them. The industrial task of transmission lines repair is better to be solved with help of a telescopic boom.

No other machinery will give you a more efficient result. Aerial lifts ordered at Alpha Platforms successfully access any overhead wires and electrical cables that often require maintenance and repair. They allow to stay at height for an extended period of time with a feeling of comfort and safety.

As the job requires to move around the object, it would need a mechanical arm extending up from the base. Telescopic boom does the job well – it extends upwards to the required height of the transmission lines for necessary repair operations.

If the project demands a more maneuverable lift, that would also travel sideways, the best option would be an articulating boom lift.

Now when you have a skillful crew, rent the best aerial platform for you job

The fleet provided by Alpha Platforms includes aerial platforms that can reach the height from 65 to 230 feet. Depending on the height of the transmission lines you are going to deal with, choose an appropriate truck- or track-mounted aerial platform for an excellent result.

You will get the lift on the very day of a rental and right at the location of your object. Specialists of Alpha Platforms will set up the equipment and operate it throughout the day from a basket in order your crew could get the job done. We do not recommend you to attract any other operators whose professionalism may rise to doubt. Our own operator can guarantee the best utilization of all available functions of the modern advanced aerial lifts provided by our company and assure the highest level of productivity, safety and efficiency from the very beginning to the final stage of the work.

Water Tower Painting

Water Tower Painting

It does not sound like an easy task. But when you attack the problem with appropriate skill and equipment, everything goes smooth and even exciting. The first thing to consider is safety measures.

The tower should be emptied a few weeks prior to commencement of the works. Crew members should work under the curtain, wear helmets and have safety ropes attached tightly to their bodies, chest harness crossed over their shoulders and chest joined at the waist. All antennas should be removed from the top of the tower. The surface of the tower – cleaned of any dirt and debris.

All the parts of the tower that do not need to be painted should be coated. When the basic work is done, you may paint them another color.

Boom lifts to reach the height of the tower

Apart from the professional skills of crew members and painting instruments, you have to solve another big task – to prepare the required boom lift to reach the height of the tower. The best to be recommended for this task is a reliable truck mount. The characteristics of the truck mount are to be chosen based on the size of the water tower. At Alpha Platforms you can get a truck mount with a platform ranging from 65 to 230 ft in height reach and up to 115 ft to side reach.

These aerial lifts simply do not have any rivals according to their efficiency and functionality when it comes to water tower painting! The working process goes much faster than you could expect. The largest lifts easily set up within ten minutes extending to 230 ft. As for lifting capacity they considerably supersede traditional booms, their reach is unmatched compared to other types of equipment.

Enhanced lifting capabilities

Truck mounts found at Alpha Platforms also have a set of attachments to enhance the capabilities of lifts. You will enjoy the additional functions of power lifts, boom winch to lift the crew up to 2,660 lbs, extendable cages, some internal control appliances and many more. The process of painting is rather long and not for the faint of heart really – workers need to feel safe to do the work well. Besides, it’s not a single stage process, they start from coating the central tower and then proceed to support beams and further to outer support columns. The top of the tank is the last one to be painted. Throughout the process crew members move from the bottom to the top of the tower and they really have to feel ensured in each moment of the work. Aerial platforms from Alpha Platforms provide that very feeling of absolute control and safety! You don’t have to be a daredevil to paint the water tower, man!

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Working In The Rain: Do You Know the Law?

Summer and early fall are the busiest seasons for construction specialists, building repairmen, window washers, gutter cleaners, roof technicians and many other people, who work at heights. However, no matter how warm the summer or fall are, rains are often unavoidable. Can your employees continue working at heights when it’s raining? How well do you know the law? All employers are required by law to keep their workers safe from the work hazards even if they are operating outdoors. Both federal and state laws talk about the hazards created by rain. Such agencies as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) offer recommendations to employers about actions they have to take on rainy days in order to avoid possible hazards.

What Does OSHA Have to Say About Rain?

OSHA makes sure the safety-related federal labor laws are enforced either through state programs or directly. However, when it comes to working in the rain, this organization doesn’t have strict standards for the employers’ behavior. Meanwhile, it offers recommendations. For example, all employers should understand that rain boosts the number of hazards related to working with height access equipment. Reaching heights and moving heavy objects during rain could lead to injuries. If the rain comes with strong winds and fog, it could interfere with handling heavy loads or reaching the desired objects. In case there is a rainstorm which comes with lightning, height-access equipment could become a lightning rod. So according to OSHA, it’s the employers’ responsibility to stop all operation during rain if they can’t ensure due safety for their workers.

Are You Aware of Cold Stress Protection?

Even if your employees are duly protected from slip, fall and lightning hazards when it rains, they could still face cold stress. Work injuries caused by cold stress are hypothermia and frostbite. These conditions are usually associated with low temperatures. However, they can occur when the temperatures are fairly mild (around 50 °F) if they are combined with rain. OSHA recommends using special protective clothing for people working in rain so they can avoid cold stress. It’s important to note that employers should be paying for protective equipment. However, raincoats aren’t part of it. So it’s up to the employer to give workers recommendations about the way they should dress when working in rainy weather.

Do You Train Your Workers To Work in Rainy Conditions?

Rainy conditions could lead to electrocution as well as slips, falls, and drowning. All employees should be properly trained to react when such problems arise. The employer should provide proper protection equipment to prevent the above mentioned problems as well as to arrange rescue if necessary.

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4 Mistakes To Avoid When Renting Height-Access Equipment

Renting height-access equipment is an integral part of numerous projects from window cleaning and tree pruning to construction and renovations. Renting is popular because when compared to purchasing, it wins on all fronts. When you rent height-access equipment, you don’t have to worry about the units being in top shape, transporting them to the worksite and then removing them later. All is taken care of by the renting company.Meanwhile, you still have to put in plenty of effort to ensure the renting process goes smoothly. Please, take a look at 4 common mistakes people make when renting such equipment.

  1. Reviewing Potential Hazards

In many cases, managers, who are organizing the project, fail to study all potential hazards associated with working at heights. These hazards can lead to injury and even death regardless of how good of equipment you rent. Workers at height face electrocution, falling objects, trip hazards, entanglements, and much more. Before sending your crew to work at heights, you must instruct it on the hazards, which may be waiting for them there.

  1. Failing To Offer Proper Re-Training

All employees, who work at heights, must receive proper training. While many managers remember to train their employees when they just start working, they forget about the importance of re-training. Re-training should be done on a regular basis and whenever a new hazard is found or an accident happens. It’s important to refresh the workers’ memory at least once a year. Whenever you rent a new piece of height-access equipment, all workers need to get clear instructions about its specific nature. Hardly all lifts are created equal. They all come with nuances, which need explanation.

  1. Not Following Specifications

You can’t always hire the same lift for a different job site using the same specifications. The old lift may not be suitable for the new site’s conditions. That’s why when renting height access equipment, you need to check specifications before the beginning of each project. Ask the equipment provider to help you understand which lift is most suitable for your current needs.

  1. Not Evaluating the Reach Properly

Overestimating or underestimating the equipment’s reach can become a big problem at the worksite. Using a lift, which is longer or shorter than expected, could change the working conditions. Improper understanding of the lift’s capabilities can lead to lethal accidents. A lift, which is too short for the project, is a common reason why workers reach up and fall. Take a note of the above mistakes in order not to make them during your next project. Consult the rental company if you have any questions about the equipment’s specifications and suitability.

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How To Choose The Best Aerial Equipment Rental Company

When it comes to renting aerial equipment, you are faced with the choice of an equipment rental company. They aren’t created equal. Some may not offer the equipment you need. Others could charge unreasonable fees.

Before making the choice, you need to make up a list of things to consider. Take a look at these tips to help you with the task.

  1. Identify Your Needs

Before you start narrowing down your choices, figure out what your needs are. How big is your project? Which heights do you need to work at? How many pieces of equipment do you need? Will you work in hard-to-reach places?

If you have trouble answering these questions, an aerial equipment rental’s representative can help you answer them.

  1. Make Measurements

If you are working with narrow spots, you need to make some measurements. With a simple measuring tape in hand, walk around your job site. These measurements can help you understand what type of equipment can be suitable for your project.

  1. Ask For List of Equipment

When selecting an aerial equipment rental company, don’t just ask about the type of equipment they have, find out the number of lifts they own. For large projects, you may need several pieces of equipment.

  1. Find Out About Services

A respectable aerial equipment rental company should offer a wide variety of services, starting from consultations about the type of equipment you need and ending with equipment operation.

You should ask whether the company is ready to deliver the lifts to the job site and then remove them when the project is over.

  1. Find out About the Cost

Ask your aerial equipment provider about costs and billing structure. Do they charge per hour or per day? Can you get discounts?

There is always room for negotiations when you are planning a long-term project using aerial equipment.

  1. Check the Reviews

If the aerial equipment rental company has been on the market for at least a couple of years, it should have reviews. Check out such resources as Google and Yelp to find out how happy the previous clients have been with the services.

You can also look for reviews on the company’s website to have a good idea of how many clients it has worked with.

  1. Visit the Website

A respectable aerial lift rental company should have a well-thought-out website. You should be able to check out a list of equipment for rent, learn about the company, and find an easy way to contact the representative. A website is the face of the company. If the rental doesn’t pay too much attention to it, it should raise a red flag.

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6 Safety Tips for Roof Construction Workers

Since the summer is in full swing, many contractors are taking roof construction projects. Trying to complete your projects while the weather is warm is an excellent idea as long as you take a special approach to the workers’ safety.

By renting height-access equipment, you are decreasing the risks of accidents. However, human errors often lead to unfortunate consequences. We’ve collected the most important safety tips for roof construction workers. Consider them in order to optimize your work process.

  1. Start with a Talk

Before you send your workers to the roof, take about five minutes for a pre-start talk. Even if you are working with experienced staff, it’s good practice to remind the employees about the potential hazards waiting for them on the roof.

Together, you should assess the work area and identify all problematic spots that need their special attention. Even if the pre-talk seems unnecessary, remind your employees that it has saved numerous lives in the past.

  1. Watch the Weather

Even though summer is an excellent time to do your roof projects, extreme heat should keep your staff off the roof. Even if warm summer rain doesn’t seem to interfere with comfortable work, remember that it makes the roof a huge hazard for slips and falls. Wait for the roof to dry before continuing your work.

  1. Check the Ladders

If you are using ladders rather than specialized high access equipment, you must be very careful. Check each ladder before use to ensure that it’s safe. If it seems as if the ladder needs repair or replacement, stop using it immediately. Even a small crack in the ladder can lead to terrible consequences.

  1. Keep The Roof Clean

Dirt and debris on the roof are potential slip and fall hazards. Before starting your work, make sure to sweep the roof. Do it after you finish working as well. Debris can cover the roof areas that should be visible to workers in order to ensure safety.

  1. Be Careful with Skylights.

Skylights are big hazards for roofing experts. They must be covered and labeled properly in order for the workers not to step or lean on them. Do the labeling before you start working.

  1. Pay Special Attention to Slate and Tile Roofs

Both slates and tiles are formidable slip hazards. All workers must be properly trained to work with slate and tile roofs.

If you want to maximize the safety of your crew, consider renting specialize

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Boom Lifts: Do You Know How To Use Them?

Whether you are renting a boom life or purchasing one, you need to be careful about operating it. All staff must be trained to ensure the utter safety of the crew and the equipment.

Boom lifts are complex. They have different specifications, which must be considered before the operation begins.

When you rent a boom lift, you need to learn everything about the equipment or hire an operator, who has worked with such a machine before.

Below is a short list of things you should remember when using a boom lift.

  1. Pre-Operation Inspection

Even if you have just purchased a new lift, you need to run a pre-operation inspection. Walk around the equipment, check hydraulic hoses and fittings to ensure there are no leaks. Tires must be properly inflated.

 

  1. Starting The Boom Lift

Start the lift and choose “ground” on the active input control panel. Start operating the boom lift in this position to ensure all functions are in good order. Then switch the panel from “ground” to “platform”.

  1. Climbing Into The Lift

Put on the safety gear and climb into the basket. Depress the safety switch so platform controls are activated. Look around to make sure the area is safe for working with the boom lift. Once you are sure that obstacles don’t exist, allow the boom lift to extend.

  1. Adjust The Lift

You can adjust the height and angle of the equipment in order to get as close to the target as possible. While doing that, continue checking the area. Wires and other obstacles are potential hazards for the worker.

If you are working in a tight area, pay close attention to the order you adjust the lift arms. This will help you when you are leaving the area.

  1. Shut Down The Lift

Once you are done, lower the arms into the locked position. Lower the basket to the safe height so you can get out easily. Shut the lift down

 

Working with a boom life on your own is possible. However, it’s always better to have a team backing you up. This is especially important when you are working in such potentially hazardous weather conditions as heat or wind.

Ideally, you should have a boom lift operator controlling the lifting and lowering of the basket while the worker focuses on the job.

 

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Hazards To Consider When Working At Heights In The Summer

Height access projects are in high demand during the summer. The majority of façade repair works, window cleaning, and painting tasks are best when done in hot and dry weather conditions.

However, the same summer heat, which allows the paint to dry faster, can pose a danger to people working at heights.

By taking advantage of aerial left rental, many companies are simplifying the task of their workers. Meanwhile, numerous hazards are often overlooked in the race to finish projects faster.

The majority of them are related to the health conditions caused by excessive heat.

Heat strokes are highly common among people working at heights. Other unpleasant heat-related conditions include:

  • Heat rashes – appear due to the skin being in constant contact with sweat.
  • Heat syncope – dizziness caused by sudden rising after sitting for a long time in the sun.
  • Heat exhaustion – feeling tired and dizzy even without overworking.
  • Heat cramps – leg and stomach cramps appear due to dehydration

Avoiding heat-related illnesses is easy as long as you follow these recommendations:

 

  • Giving employees proper training before the hot season starts. All of them should know the warning signs of heat-related illnesses.
  • Cool drinking water should always be readily available at worksites. When using height-access equipment, workers must bring water bottles with them. It’s vital to drink regularly before the feeling of thirst occurs.
  • Monitoring the temperatures around the work areas. While there is no maximum temperature at which you should stop your workers, it’s important to be reasonable and act according to OSHA requirements.
  • Creating a heat management program in order for the workers to act quickly if there is an emergency. Employees should easily recognize the signs of heat-related illnesses in their co-workers. Work out a “buddy” system.
  • Paying special attention to the uniforms. In the summer, they should be made of natural materials and cover as much skin as possible. Hats are a must.
  • Trying to schedule work for the coolest parts of the day.

It’s important to understand that even though summer is the time to complete numerous projects, forgetting about the dangers of heat is unacceptable.

At the first sign of heat stroke symptoms, the workers must be taken to the emergency room. Heat stroke can result in quick death.

Try to shield your workers from the sun and offer them proper heat protection. With the right approach, it’s possible to get the most out of the summer.

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Aerial Lifts For Tree Pruning Services

Tree pruning services are in high demand all year round. The right approach to choosing the height access equipment for the task can save you time and help your workers avoid injuries.

Different types of aerial lifts exist. Renting one of them allows you to reach high and tough-to-prune trees without risking the workers’ safety. With aerial lifts, you can work with trees as high as buildings and beyond. They allow you to cut costs and improve the quality of your services.

As a professional tree pruner, you have a choice of different height access equipment. While ladders, scaffolding, and other basic tools may be useful for simple projects, reaching a high tree is impossible without a high-quality aerial lift.

While an aerial lift is a costly piece of equipment, you can take advantage of rental services. These companies help you choose the best aerial lift for your purposes, deliver it to the site, and take it back once your project is finished.

Aerial lifts allow great flexibility for tree pruning. They eliminate the need for stretching and reaching, which often lead to accidents. Workers have an opportunity to wield their pruning equipment without feeling unsafe and uncomfortable.

Aerial lifts are suitable for many types of height-access work. That’s why such entities as maintenance service providers, real estate managers, and construction companies take advantage of them. They are excellent for all types of maintenance at heights, including tree pruning.

A boom lift is a solid choice for tree pruning work. Besides being able to reach high spots, it can be moved around to accommodate position changes for tree pruning. This lift is essentially a platform connected to the jointed crane, which in turn is attached to a base.

A scissor lift is also a suitable option for tree pruning. If its base is mobile, the worker gets excellent access to the tree at different heights. Unlike a boom lift, the scissor lift isn’t too flexible. It moves up and down to provide easy and safe access to high trees.

Renting aerial lifts for tree pruning is an excellent way out for tree pruning companies, which can’t afford their own equipment. Renting a lift eliminates the need to arrange its transportation and maintenance.