3 reasons powered access hire speeds up your construction process

Looking to speed up your construction process? Powered access hire might just be the solution you’re searching for. Find out how it can streamline your work process right here!

When it comes to the construction industry, there are times when the limitations of traditional working solutions can get in the way of productivity, for example, climbing up ladders or getting heavy loads off the ground for a building project that’s 15ft in the air, and that’s where access hire comes into speed things up!

For over 50 years, Smiths Hire has been the go-to solution for all your tool hire and powered access equipment needs. Our extensive fleet is one of the largest in the UK, and we’re proud to offer nationwide next-day delivery to ensure that you have the equipment you need when you need it. So with that in mind, just how can powered access hire speed up your construction process? Let’s find out!

Scissor Lift Hire

What counts as powered access hire?

Before we dive in to all the reasons that powered access hire can help streamline your work process, let’s first take a look what what it entails. Powered access equipment is a widely-encompassing term broadly used to refer to machinery capable of accessing raised areas for construction, maintenance, and cleaning (amongst other things). It includes scissor lifts, cherry pickers, vertical mast lifts, and low-level access lifts powered by electricity, diesel, or gas. This equipment is widely used in various industries, providing a safe and efficient way to access high places and reducing the need for dangerous and time-consuming methods like ladders and scaffolding.

At Smiths Hire, we offer a comprehensive range of powered access equipment from renowned and trusted industry brands like Dingli, Skyjack, JLG, Niftylift, Genie, and Haulotte, ensuring unwavering reliability and performance on-site.

Niftylift TD120T Spider Boom (WH 12.2m)


Make your process more efficient than ever before

Using powered access equipment can help your team reach elevated areas quickly and safely, which saves time compared to setting up scaffolding or a ladder. Setting up scaffolding or a ladder can take a significant chunk of time and still be incredibly dangerous, especially in adverse weather conditions. With platforms that can be easily raised or lowered at the touch of a button, tasks like painting, repairs, building, or installing fixtures become more efficient, turning a job that could have taken the better part of the day previously into a quick task before lunch!

Enjoy endless versatility

Powered access hire equipment is a highly versatile solution that can be tailored to suit a wide range of project requirements and working environments. With a variety of sizes and configurations available, it is perfect for both indoor and outdoor maintenance construction tasks, as well as decorating and cleaning. Using equipment such as scissor lifts, cherry pickers, and mast lifts enables your staff to access hard-to-reach areas with ease and confidence while carrying all their necessary tools.

JLG Toucan 8E Mast Lift (WH 8.15m)

Put safety first

Using powered access hire can significantly decrease the risk of slips and falls when compared to working with ladders or even scaffolding. The platforms of access hire machines offer more stability, increased manoeuvrability, and robust barriers when compared to ladders, for example. This helps your team members feel more supported and safe while working at heights, allowing them to get on with their tasks without worry. IPAF training courses are available from Smiths Training, via our 7 training centres across the North West & Yorkshire – Blackburn, Blackpool, Preston, Lancaster, Manchester, Warrington & Castleford. 

Blackpool Whitegate Training Centre - IPAF course

At Smiths Hire, even our low-level access machines are equipped with safety features like guardrails, harness attachment points, and emergency descent systems to provide a secure working environment and lower the risk of accidents and injuries from falling, which accounts for a considerable amount of workplace accidents. With these safety measures in place, your team can focus on their work with confidence, knowing they are working in a safe and secure environment – which, in turn, enables them to work more efficiently!

We have over 50 years of experience providing tool hire and powered access equipment services, so you can trust us to have exactly what you need to get your jobs done quickly!

We have 16 tool hire depots spread across the North West, including major hubs such as Manchester, Liverpool, and Blackpool. What’s more, we supply powered access machines to businesses all over the UK. Got questions? Our experts have the answers! Simply give us a call on 0333 323 2100, and we’ll be happy to help however we can!