What Is an Aerial Work Platform?

Aerial Work Platforms

Work platforms, or aerial work platforms as they are more commonly called, are economical, portable models that lift one or two workers. Additionally, these machines are referred to as aluminum products, manlifts, personnel lifts, lifts, push-arounds and mobile elevating work platforms. These lifts are the most basic and least expensive personnel lifts used most frequently for overhead maintenance, cleaning, and decorating.

The first portable personnel lift introduced by Genie over 30 years ago utilized the patented Genie mast system, was made of aluminum aircraft-grade and could roll through standard doorways. Today, Genie offers 19 different AWP models that can lift a single or two workers to heights between 11 ft 4 in (3.45 m) and 40 ft 4 in (12.29 m) and can still be rolled through standard doorways when stowed. They are manually propelled except for the Genie Runabout, so one person can easily move them around the work area.

What are the advantages of AWP products?

As an economical and easy-to-transport alternative to scissor lifts, aerial work platforms are a good choice. Aerial work platforms are affordable and easy to maneuver. Almost every model can fit through a single or double doorway. Some models are also suitable for elevators, depending on their load capacity. These work best on floors that can only support limited loads. Easy to use and easy to set up, these lifts can be operated by one person. Each lift can be customized with a number of options and accessories. The ability to customize and adapt them to suit your worksite’s needs makes them cost-effective. 

The most affordable way to work at height today is with AWPs. In addition to being convenient to transport, easy to operate and customizable to meet site requirements, they can be used for maintenance, hanging and cleaning tasks. Understanding AWPs and their uses is crucial to making effective recommendations for rental customers.