A Brief History of the Cherry PickerAnna Ramsden
Cherry Picker is the most common and well known term for Access Platforms whether they are self propelled, tracked or vehicle mounted.
Cherry Picker by definition is also very broad:
There are now an abundance of platform options on the market for all sorts of work at height. Initially designed as a safer option than ladders, climbing and scaffolding, the access platform has fast become the new normal. Vehicle mounted platforms are used in several industries. These include the obvious ones like Roofing, maintenance/cleaning, Tree work and Telecoms. As CPL has grown, we have seen vehicle mounted cherry pickers used for many other interventions. Some of the industries that are now beginning to use pickers on a regular basis include; Window cleaners, farmers and signage companies. These would have used ladders in previous years but a growing Health and Safety awareness in the UK has changed the way these sectors work at height. Insurance companies are also beginning to write into their policies that the safest possible way of working at height must be used to ensure payouts when accidents do happen.
We are also here to help you purchase, hire or rent the correct piece of equipment for your work. There are now so many options on the market that it can be daunting. We receive a lot of enquiries for the biggest possible platform on the most compact base vehicle. This may seem like the obvious option but if you only need to reach 10m and you’re purchasing a 20m boom, the cost is much higher and completely unnecessary. CPL have units of all heights and weights for a reason. For example, if you want something versatile but powerful, the P130 models are a great solution. These all terrain conversions reach a working height of 13.1m and a working outreach of 6.2m. With the 3.5t suspension upgrade, they can be fitted with aluminium locker boxes for storage of equipment, tools and PPE.