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Glossary of Terms

Abrasive Wheel Training
Training for safety in the use of abrasive wheels and provide delegates with the knowledge and ability to cut or grind safely.
Access Hire
Access equipment is used for working at heights
Aerial Lift
An aerial lift is any lift that transports materials while suspended off the ground.[1] Aerial lifts are commonly used to handle a number of tasks involving high, hard to reach areas. For example, they can be used to repair lines on telephone poles, paint large buildings or two-story homes or raise heavy items to shelves high off the ground. Aerial lifts when properly used, offer more stability and safety than ladders. There are a number to choose from, each being better suited to different situations. Scissor aerial lifts, also known as mobile scaffolding, use criss-cross braces that extend and stretch upward. As the criss-cross braces rise, the platform attached to the top of the braces also rises. Cherry pickers and bucket trucks are types of aerial lifts that contain a bucket-like platform on top of a long arm. The platform rises as the arm unfolds. Boom aerial lifts contain a hydraulic arm that extends outward and raises the platform. Special training is required to operate each of these aerial lifts
Articulated Booms
An articulated boom lift is a boom lift whose mast can unhinge at the joints to extend its reach. An articulated boom lift has the ability to navigate around obstacles.[1] A type of crane designed to employ hydraulic cylinders, they typically operate under the power of electric motors or internal combustion engines. Articulated boom lifts are used in applications that require reaching over and above various machinery and pieces of equipment. They can also access elevations difficult to reach when using a straight or telescoping boom lift. They are capable of rotating 360° and are considered to be highly versatile and are often used for industrial applications
Bowser
A fuel dispenser is a machine at a filling station that is used to pump gasoline, diesel, CNG, CGH2, HCNG, LPG, LH2, fuzz, ethanol fuel, biofuels like biodiesel, kerosene, or other types of fuel into vehicles
Cherry Pickers
A cherry picker is a boom lift whose mast can unhinge at the joints to extend its reach.
Compressor
A pump or other machine that increases the pressure of a gas
Dumper
To empty (material) out of a container or vehicle: dumped the load of stones.
Electric Aerial Work Platform
An aerial work platform (AWP), also known as an aerial device or elevating work platform (EWP), is a mechanical device used to provide temporary access for people or equipment to inaccessible areas, usually at height. There are distinct types of mechanized access platforms and the individual types may also be known as a "cherry picker" or a "scissor lift".
Excavator
a power-driven machine for digging, moving, or transporting loose gravel, sand, or soil.
Forklift
A vehicle with a pronged device in front for lifting and carrying heavy loads
HPA
Hampshire Plant Access
IPAF
International Powered Access Federation
Manual Handling
The transporting or supporting of a load by one or more members of staff, which includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving, and by reason of its characteristics of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injuries to staff
Mobile Elevating Work Platform
A general term used for scissor lift, aerial platform, or an extensible or articulating boom aerial device.
PAL
Powered Access Licence with HPA
Plant Hire
Equipment rental, also called plant hire in some countries, is a service industry providing machinery, equipment and tools of all kinds.
Rollers
A cylinder that rotates around a central axis and is used in various machines and devices to move, flatten, or spread something.
Scissor Lift
A scissor lift is a raising/lowering device that is supported or stabilized by one or more pantograph leg sections. A scissor lift can usually only move vertically. The mechanism used to achieve this is a series of criss-cross folding supports, forming an "X" pattern. The upward motion is achieved by the application of pressure to the outside of the lowest set of supports, elongating the crossing pattern, and propelling the work platform vertically. The platform may also have an extending bridge to allow closer access to the work area (because of the inherent limits of vertical only movement).[2] When extended, a scissor lift can reach anywhere from 21 to 62 feet (6.4 to 18.8 meters) in the air, depending on its size and purpose. It can be powered by hydraulics or an electric motor, but a scissor lift's design prevents it from traveling at a constant speed. It travels faster in the middle of its journey and slower with more extension
Skidsteer
A skid loader or skid-steer loader is a small rigid frame, engine-powered machine with lift arms used to attach a wide variety of labor-saving tools or attachments. Though sometimes they are equipped with tracks, skid-steer loaders are typically four-wheel vehicles with the wheels mechanically locked in synchronization on each side, and the left-side drive wheels can be driven independently of the right-side drive wheels.
Telescopic Boom
A telescopic boom lift is a boom lift whose mast can extend to achieve extended heights. Telescopic boom lifts can navigate around obstacles
Telescopic Handlers
A telescopic handler, or telehandler, is a machine widely used in agriculture and industry. It is similar in appearance and function to a forklift but is more a crane than forklift, with the increased versatility of a single telescopic boom that can extend forwards and upwards from the vehicle. On the end of the boom the operator can fit one of several attachments, such as a bucket, pallet forks, muck grab, or lift table

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