- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 25 May 2018
Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs)
Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP) are a types of 'plant', or equipment that facilitate working at height. They consist of a working platform on an extending structure and chassis, with controls for operation.
Some of the variations include:
 Push around vertical (PAV)
This is a small type of mobile vertical lift with scissor operation. It is compact and lightweight which means it is often used for low-level access in warehouses, factories, and so on. It can be easily moved from place to place, including between floors.
This can be used in indoor and outdoor spaces where a straight vertical lift is required for access. The caged platform is elevated by linked, folding supports in an ‘X’ pattern, known as a pantograph. Pressure is applied to the external side of the lowest set of supports, which elongates the criss-crossing supports and raises the platform. For more information, see Scissor lift.
A cherry picker is mobile and versatile and has a boom able to extend forwards and upwards. Different attachments can be fitted to the end of the boom, such as a cradle, bucket, pallet forks, muck grab, winch, and so on. It is flexible and multi-purpose, ideal for jobs that require the user to work at height in awkward of locations. For more information, see Cherry picker.
Also known as a telescopic boom, a stick boom lift offers an extensive range of movement similar to the cherry picker. The platform is capable of extending sideways as well as vertically, and is often used for moving around and above obstacles, machinery or buildings.
 Track mount
Also known as a spider lift, a track mount is often used when ground is uneven or has a steep incline. The tracked chassis helps to spread weight more evenly, reducing the pressure on the ground, and making it suitable for use on soft ground or delicate floors.
 Truck mount
Also known as a lorry-mounted platform, a truck mount is often used for installing signage and telecoms systems, high-level maintenance, pest control, and so on. It can be moved between sites quickly and is ready to use straight away.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
One of the Isle of Man’s best 1960s buildings.
Using renewable energy in developing countries - QSAND and Loughborough University Research collaboration.
From frost damage to sulphate attack, common causes of defects in brickwork.
Precautions to take when making advance payments.
Helping communities recover from disasters and protecting them before they occur.
Instrumentation for critical healthcare environments.
Case study in the use of soft landings at the University of the West of England.
Richard Rogers wins is the AIA’s highest annual honour.
A quick introduction to a healthier and more sustainable form of construction.
The structural feasibility of modular high-rise buildings.
BRE conference on ways of providing and maintaining quality indoor environments.
CDBB publish foundational definitions and values to guide the development of the National Digital Twin.