Are Cherry Pickers Needed for Event Organisation?

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The UK plays host to numerous types of event each year, with many drawing huge crowds from across the country. Exhibitions, markets, fairs, shows and concerts are all frequently attended and enjoyed by the masses. Some events are sufficiently low-key or small-scale as to require little planning, while most demand more attention from organisers. When dealing with events both large and small, organisers may wish to consider using cherry pickers to complete certain jobs.

As suggested by its name, a cherry picker is a mechanical device that enables people to work at height. This type of powered access equipment can be deployed for all manner of activities and are often used by tree surgeons, electrical engineers and council maintenance workers. Extending to a height of up to 20 metres or so, a standard model can be used to good effect by event organisers who need to set up stalls, marquees, overhead signage and so on. In fact, event organisers will find that there are a great many uses for them when it comes to planning an event.

Before exploring the many uses for powered access equipment in event organisation, it would be useful to note the importance of adhering to health and safety laws. Working at height can be extremely dangerous, with thousands of workers in the UK each year suffering serious injuries after falling from rooftops, cherry pickers, fork-lift trucks, ladders and so on.

To avoid injury, the Health and Safety Executive advises all operators to ensure that the job has been properly planned prior to execution, taking into account all relevant risks. Cherry pickers should be deployed on level ground, avoiding soft or uneven surfaces. Poor weather can also affect the stability of this type of powered access equipment, so event organisers are urged to exercise caution when working in high winds or heavy rain. Organisers should also ensure that cherry pickers are inspected by a qualified individual once every six months and that deployed cherry pickers are inspected on site to ensure they are safe and in good working order.

As mentioned above, event organisers can utilise this equipment for a number of tasks that require working at height. It is often the case that ladders cannot be used for certain jobs, which is one of the reasons why cherry pickers are so useful in event planning. Cherry pickers enable workers to access hard-to-reach areas at height with little or no physical exertion required (unlike working on top of ladders). They can also be moved easily from one place to another and most are capable of being driven while elevated.

Many events require bespoke signage, banners, advertisements and decorations, which are often best displayed at height. Cherry pickers enable workers to quickly and safely install such notices, while the devices may also be used to carry out installation or maintenance tasks inside buildings, such as on light fixtures or overhead electrical systems. Perhaps a hall needs new sound speakers, disco lighting or CCTV cameras – they can facilitate such tasks.

Event organisers may also require cherry pickers to clear or prepare areas for an event. Organisers must take health and safety into consideration when planning an event, which could mean that cherry pickers are required to help landscape an area in anticipation of large crowds. Overhanging tree branches, for example, can be made safe using this type of equipment at outdoor events such as concerts and motoring exhibitions. Power and transmission cables, safety nets, digital displays, LED screens and all sorts of other fixtures and fittings can be installed and maintained by workers using cherry pickers in order to prepare a venue.

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Vincent Rogers is a freelance writer who writes for a number of UK businesses. For professional waste management services, plant hire and Cherry Picker Hire he recommends Nationwide Hire.

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This article was published on 2011/05/11