The push-around lifts are continuing to gain traction as contractors try to reduce accidents by limiting the use of ladders on jobsites.
EFI introduced the lifts, including the new PA-1030, based on a request from one of its largest customers. Since then, EFI’s continuing education of safety directors and local contractors has helped spur greater adoption of push-around lifts throughout its territory.
The PA-1030 is a recently introduced model in the Hy-Brid Push-Around product line.
“The demand for these machines was originally fueled from general contractors’ efforts to create a safer work zone on jobsites,” said Scott Hatcher, Equipment Finders Inc. president. “We have been renting Hy-Brid Lift units for many years, and when they introduced the new PA-1030, we felt it was a natural progression to add these machines to our fleet, given current safety trends.”
Many rental centers around the U.S., including EFI, are finding that customers are getting onboard with the “ladders last” mentality. Replacing ladders and scaffolding on jobsites with push-around lifts can reduce accidents, boost productivity, and lessen worker fatigue.
“Some contractors are under regulations that require them to use push-around lifts onsite,” Hatcher said. “But now we believe they are finding that push around lifts are a better solution for what they are doing than what they have used in the past. They are not just using them because they are forced to; they are choosing the machines as a better solution.”
Hy-Brid brand push-around lifts have a smaller footprint and many features that make them a smart addition for rental centers.
Users can manually maneuver the PA-1030 into place, then hydraulically raise and lower the platform to the desired work height. Its platform can go as high as 10-ft., for a 16-ft. working height. The platform is 41 in. long by 20.5 in. wide, and the lift’s total stowed height is only 69 in.
“Electricians, mechanical contractors, and security system contractors are just the beginning of the type of customers who experience the benefits of our push-around lifts,” said Terry Dolan, Hy-Brid Lifts president and CEO. “Users can quickly push and relocate the lift without the hassle of maneuvering a ladder or disassembling and assembling scaffolding. The units increase safety on jobsites, and we are dedicated to developing the safest options for operators. It is great to see that EFI’s customers are realizing the benefits of low-level access.”
Besides purchasing several PA-1030 lifts, EFI stocks many other Hy-Brid Lift models. The company also recently placed an order for Hy-Brid Lifts’ brand-new PS-1930 19-ft. lifts.