Blog

  • 6
    December 2017

    The Best MEWPs For Working In Tight Spaces

    If you're working at height inside a building where space is restricted it's essential that you use the right machine for the job in hand....
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  • 23
    November 2017

    Rapid Platforms Marks Its 35th Anniversary

    Rapid Platforms, one of the UK’s oldest powered access rental companies, marked its 35th anniversary in October....
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  • 7
    November 2017

    Seven Tips For Safe Working At Height

    Anyone who plans and supervises working at height must be trained and competent. The IPAF MEWPs for Managers course addresses this training need for supervising and planning MEWP operations...
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  • 11
    October 2017

    The importance of pre-use inspection and function check

    Before an operator begins to use a MEWP, he should carry out a static pre-use inspection to ensure that it is structurally safe and has no faults that could put themselves or others at risk....
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  • 27
    September 2017

    Getting The Most Out Of A Battery Powered MEWP

    If you've decided to book an IPAF course or you're about to go on one, this blog will give you an idea of what to expect....
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  • 19
    September 2017

    What happens on an IPAF Operator course?

    If you've decided to book an IPAF course or you're about to go on one, this blog will give you an idea of what to expect....
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  • 18
    September 2017

    Battery Powered MEWPs: What You Need To Know

    Most site breakdowns or down time on battery powered MEWPs are due to lack of maintenance or incorrect use by the hirer. However, a little care and maintenance can help you to save time and money, and ensure optimum safety and productivity....
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  • 23
    August 2017

    Work at height on ground that is rough and uneven

    Let's suppose you need to work at height on ground that is rough and uneven – do you opt for a 4WD MEWP or a track mounted MEWP? Let's consider the pros and cons of each type of machine:...
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  • 27
    July 2017

    Newest Recruit Moves From Oz To The UK

    The latest person to be appointed by Rapid Platforms brings with him extensive industry experience gained from 'down under'....
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  • 27
    July 2017

    Don't Fall Foul Of The Law

    If you’re a manager, supervisor or director responsible for people using MEWPs, it’s essential that you know what your management and legal responsibilities are – otherwise you could face a hefty fine or even end up going to jail!...
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  • 18
    July 2017

    Senior Hire Controller Sam Holland praised for "a level of service that goes way beyond the normal call of duty."

    Sam has been helping Breyer Group plc with its truck mounted platform hire requirements as the company saw its workload increase....
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  • 3
    July 2017

    MEWPs: Why An Emergency Rescue Plan Is Vital

    Consider the possible consequences if you are working at height in a Mobile Elevating Work Platform and you became injured or ill? Would you have the knowledge to rescue yourself and would people on the ground be available and trained to safely lower the platform if you were unable to?...
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  • 27
    June 2017

    Ground Conditions: Important Points To Consider

    Before you consider operating a MEWP on ground that may not be familiar to you, bear in mind the following points:...
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  • 5
    June 2017

    Why You Should Consider A Machine Service Package

    For legal, safety and productivity reasons it’s vital that owners of powered access machines have them inspected and serviced by a CAP Certified engineer....
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  • 5
    June 2017

    £1 Million Expansion Programme for Rapid Platforms

    Rapid Platforms is investing over £1 million in new machines and is also recruiting four new employees....
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  • 15
    March 2017

    Safety tips for using interior access equipment

    While our cherry pickers, hoists and truck-mounted access platforms are clearly designed for outdoor use, we also offer access equipment that can be used indoors...
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  • 16
    February 2017

    Three questions to ask before choosing access equipment

    When renting or buying access machinery it is vitally important to choose equipment that matches your requirements exactly. Attempting to...
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  • 16
    February 2017

    First aid training: why should your employees be trained?

    Having first-aid training can be beneficial for both personal reasons and work-related issues; therefore, it is always a highly recommended...
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  • 30
    January 2017

    Grow your business with access equipment

    Do you own a small business that specialises in building maintenance, repairs or alteration? If you’ve been running your business...
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  • 16
    January 2017

    5 tips to help ensure you purchase the correct access machinery

    Purchasing the right access machinery can ensure you have the machine you need to work at height, whenever you need...
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  • 16
    January 2017

    How to judge site safety in windy conditions

    When operating a cherry picker or other types of access machinery at height, there are numerous weather conditions that can...
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