is now a wide variety of man-lifting equipment for photographers
to hire from self-drive, self propelled booms to large truck-mounted
aerial platforms requiring a trained driver/operator.
Able to provide height access for a normal ground-based (non-aerial)
photographer fairly easily to undertake low level photography.
In addition to hiring the platform/cherry picker, a photographer
needs to be found who is willing to go up in the machine. Some photographers
do not like to take the risks involved with an unknown piece of
equipment and unknown platform operator. Health & Safety conditions
are usually imposed by the land or site operator on both the machine
operator and the photographer (Height at Work Regulations 2005).
Risk assessments, method statements and certification to use the
specific equipment may be required to satisfy H & S regulations.
truck-based aerial platforms require a concrete or hard standing
base on which to operate, as the hydraulic stabilising feet need
a solid foundation to avoid sinking and causing the platform to
tilt or possibly tipping over. Before hiring a platform the hire
company often require a site survey to be carried out by their staff.
Some land owners may not allow the equipment on grassed or other
landscaped areas, due to the damage the weight of the equipment
RANGE: Up to 70 metres (230 feet).