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With many options and uses for access towers and platforms available, it can be difficult to decide what you need. It may be more economically viable to hire one over buying, to use until job completion. Here, Access Towers explore the options available to you, to help you decide whether hiring or making a purchase is the best option for your project. 

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When Will I Need Access Towers and Platforms

Access towers and platforms are useful and safety-oriented pieces of equipment used for working at height or low level work. But with an array of towers and platforms available for your job, it may not be worth purchasing when you only need it for a certain part of the job completion. 

When hiring the equipment, there are a few factors to consider, such as which access towers and platforms you will need and for how long, and if you will use it often enough to warrant purchasing it. You may also want to consider future use in projects, as you can always hire again should the time come to need access. Although purchasing will mean the equipment is always on hand, hired equipment arrives to your project so fast it will not delay your time spent on the job if you are organised and knowledgeable about when you will need the equipment. 

Access Tower Hire: Do You Need To Buy?

Whether you need your access tower to fit into a narrow width space or be double the standard width, have a staircase or advanced guardrail (AGR), or even be a more bespoke model, hiring over purchasing can have many benefits when you are finishing off different parts of a job, if you only require it for a small period. 

If you know that you will require an access tower for multiple uses over different projects, then purchasing may be a good option. However, it is often more feasible to hire access towers, as they may only be needed to complete a project and then will no longer be required. 

Access Platform Hire: Why You Might Not Need To Buy

There are an array of low-level access platforms available for working from the ground, which can take up a lot of space if you don’t need them as a permanent fixture whilst working on your project. Genie Lifts and Podium Units are useful tools but are difficult to store and move from place to place. If hired, they can be used until job completion and are delivered and taken away quickly so there is no need to consider storage. 

Access Towers Services Can Provide Access Tower and Platform Hire

Access Towers Services have an expansive range of access towers and platforms available to hire for your job completion. We provide access hire equipment for London, including Croydon, Mitcham and Sutton areas. To enquire about quoting for a project, contact us on 0208 665 1181, or find all our contact details here. If you are ready to get started on equipment hire, you can open a trade account with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered working at height?

Anything above ground level is considered Working at Height. Access Towers are a large provider of PASMA Training and sit within the top 5% in the UK, allowing us to train the full range of 1-Day PASMA Courses to suit any of your work at height Tower Training requirements.

What are the working at height regulations?

It is recommended by Health & Safety standards that those who are assembling Towers should be PASMA Trained. This will give operatives a 5-year qualification of competency for the use of mobile towers.

Do I need to have a licence/certificate to use the equipment?

Certifications will vary depending on what equipment you’re hiring. It’s always best to speak with our Hire Desk if you are unsure, where they can advise what will be best for you or in more advanced working conditions, we can install onsite.

What are the different training sessions you offer & who are they for?

Training courses are for anyone using the equipment, from commercially to domestically. These will range from PASMA Training for the use of Towers, IPAF Training for the use of MEWPS as well as various other courses such as Safety Harness Training and First Aid.

How do I know which equipment will be right for the job?

Our Hire Desk are trained across the full range of work at height stock available and will be able to advise and assist cost-free.

How quickly can you supply the tower(s)?

We aim for a next-day turnaround, this is dependent on the transport routes and how busy we are at the time. It works both ways and could be earlier than your requested date.