12 October 2023How to choose the right aerial work platform: the complete guide

Aerial work platforms are essential equipment in many industries, from construction to industrial maintenance to infrastructure maintenance. Choosing the right AWP is crucial to ensuring workers’ safety and efficient operations. In this article, we will guide you through the essential steps for choosing the right MEWP (mobile elevating work platform).

Step 1: Assessing specific needs

Before making a purchasing decision, it is important to clearly define your specific needs. Consider the following questions:

  1. Required working height: How high do you need to get? Make sure the AWP you choose has a suitable working height.
  2. Horizontal outreach: Do you need to reach areas far from the vehicle? Horizontal reach is important, especially for outdoor work.
  3. Load capacity: How much weight will the MEWP have to support? Make sure you choose a platform that can support the required load.
  4. Type of terrain: Will you be working on rough terrain or indoors? Some models are better suited to specific conditions.
  5. Type of fuel or power supply: Aerial work platforms can be powered by diesel, electricity, etc. Choose the most appropriate type of power supply for your working environment and local regulations.


The Time Manufacturing group offers a complete range of telescopic, articulated and pendular telescopic lifting solutions, from 9 to 90 meters. Our range also includes AWPs running on 100% electric, hybrid, LPG and diesel power, to meet a wide variety of needs.

Step 2: Considering the different types of aerial work platforms

There are several types of AWP, each adapted to specific applications:

  1. Scissor lift: These lifts offer a stable platform that rises vertically. They are ideal for working at height on a flat surface, such as building maintenance.
  2. Articulated lift: These lifts have articulated arms that enable you to reach har-to-reach areas. They are perfect for jobs that involve moving around obstacles.
  3. Telescopic lift: These lifts have a telescopic boom that enables them to reach significant heights. They are ideal for outdoor work, particularly in construction.
  4. Vertical-mast lift: These lifts are compact and ideal for tight spaces. They lift vertically and are often used in warehouses or for interior maintenance.

Step 3: Considering safety

Safety is paramount when operating MEWPs. Make sure the AWP you choose is equipped with safety features such as guardrails, anti-tilt systems and audible alarms. Operators must also be properly trained to the use of the machine and comply with safety procedures.

As a French manufacturer of MEWPs, we have been designing, building, and servicing your aerial work platforms since 1984. We know them better than anyone! This is why we are in the best position to train you to use them safely. Therefore, we provide you with a professional training center for tailor-made training courses adapted to your real-life constraints. Our training courses focus in particular on the safe use of MEWPs, safe driving authorization, PAL card, etc… Safety and machine maintenance are our priorities!

Step 4: Checking maintenance and availability of spare parts

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your aerial work platform running smoothly. Make sure the manufacturer offers a suitable maintenance plan. Moreover, check the availability of spare parts to minimize downtime in the event of a breakdown. At France Elévateur, we have 14 after-sales branches throughout France to guarantee optimum support for our customers. We are available within 200 km / 2 hours wherever you are. A hotline is also available for any emergency!


Step 5: Complying with local regulations

Regulations governing the use of AWPs vary from country to country, and even from region to region. Make sure you comply with all local regulations on safety and the use of aerial work platforms. This can include operator training, licensing and regular inspection requirements.


In conclusion, choosing the right MEWP is a crucial step in ensuring workers’ safety and efficient operations. By carefully assessing your specific needs, considering the types of aerial work platforms available, focusing on safety, and taking into account maintenance and local regulations, you can make an informed decision that will meet the requirements of your project. Do not forget to consult experts or industry professionals if necessary for further advice.


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