What is Low-Level Access?

Low-level access refers to mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) that typically have a lift height between 8 and 14 feet. In the construction industry, 19 foot scissor lifts are considered the standard indoor work platform. We've selected 7 primary reasons you should consider using low-level access lifts on your next construction project.


7 Reasons Low-Level Access Lifts Belong on Your Next Jobsite


90 percent of jobs typically reserved for 19 foot scissor lifts could be completed with a low-level access lifts.

Just because a lift can extend higher, doesn't mean it is better suited for the job. Examine the jobsite and check the working heights. There is a good chance you won't need a working height over 20 feet. If this is the case you could benefit from all that low-level access lifts have to offer. By eliminating unnecessary height, low-level lifts gain a number of important benefits.



Low-level access lift's lighter weight allows for earlier access to green concrete and a greater number of lifts per floor. This is a big benefit if you're going to be working on sensitive flooring like computer flooring that could easily be damaged by heavier 19 foot scissor lifts.

Weight also becomes a key factor if you're building in an area that is no stranger to seismic activity. Buildings constructed to flex with environmental influence will require scissor lifts with lower floor load pressures than what 19 foot scissor lifts can provide.

Transportation costs are showing no signs of decreasing any time soon.  By transporting low-level access lifts instead of the typical 19 ft scissor lifts, you can ship the same number of lifts for less or ship more lifts for the same cost.


Compact size

Hy-Brid Lifts low-level access lifts are more compact than 19 foot scissor lifts and even other low-level scissor lifts.  The compact dimensions and stowed height enables them to fit through standard door frames and inside standard elevators, making jobsite navigation a breeze.

Hy-Brid Lifts have a lower stowed height compared to other scissor lifts.  It's so low, folded rails are not needed.  By not having to fold down rails every time you go through a doorway or into an elevator, you're increasing productivity exponentially.


Increased safety

90% of the time the extra 5 to 6 feet of lift on the 19 foot scissor lift is not going to be utilized. That means that 90% of the time there is a risk for overhead crush hazard.  

Hy-Brid Lifts low-level access lifts are also built with wider pins and more rigid scissor stack, which decrease scissor sway and provide a more stable work platform.


Greater lift capacity

Most 19 foot scissor lifts have a lift capacity around 500 lbs. Hy-Brid Lifts PS-1030 is capable of lifting up to 750 lbs and has enough platform space for 2 occupants with tools and materials. That translates to less trips up and down and increased productivity.


Significantly lower entry heights

Did you know a large number of the injuries associated with aerial lifts are from exiting the lift incorrectly?  Hy-Brid Lifts have one or two step entry heights making it easier to enter and exit safely.

The power zone for lifting extends from mid-thigh to mid-chest and is where arms and legs can lifts the most with the least amount of effort. When loading heavy tools and materials into most low-level scissor lifts, the arms stay in the power zone. The platform on 19 foot scissor lifts is high enough in the stowed position that workers arms extend into the danger zone when loading them, increasing the risk of injury.


Electric drive

19 foot scissor lifts typically have a hydraulic lift and drive which means more hydraulic connection points, greatly increasing the chance for hydraulic leaks. Some low-level scissor lifts, like Hy-Brid Lifts, have an electric drive with a hydraulic lift. These machines only have two connection points decreasing the potential for leaks.

Low-level access lifts can increase safety and productivity on most jobsites.  Read more about the benefits of the low-level scissor lift.


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