• 22
    February 2022

    Preparing for the fuel changes in 2022

    Changes to duty with regards to red diesel

  • 10
    September 2021

    Supplier award from Tier 1 contractor goes to Rapid Platforms hoists division

    Access platform hire specialists Rapid Platforms, (part of the AFI group of companies) have been awarded a prestigious 'Contractor of the Month' award

  • 25
    August 2021

    New Alimak Scando 65/32 hoist now available to hire from Rapid Platforms

    Access platform hire specialists Rapid Platforms, (part of the AFI group of companies) are adding the new and improved Alimak Scando 65/32 goods and passenger hoist to their popular Rack and Pinion Hoists hire division.

  • 20
    December 2019

    Essential maintenance works on aircraft at Duxford by Rapid Platforms

  • 10
    December 2019

    5 things you must know about hiring your Construction Hoist

    Picture: Hoist being delivered and installed by Rapid Platforms
  • 30
    August 2019

    GEDA 1500ZZP passenger goods hoist now available to hire

    Rapid Platforms part of the AFI group of companies has increased their hoist range to include the GEDA 1500ZZP for transporting both materials and personnel.
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  • 29
    March 2019

    Be in with a chance to win with our eggciting Easter Competition

    Comment the maximum number of 600g eggs that can fit in the basket of a Skyjack 3219 to win a Super-Sized egg!

  • 20
    September 2018

    Selecting the right hoist for your refurb project

    Selecting the right hoist for your refurb project
  • 4
    July 2018

    Seven Tips For Safe Working At Height

    Anyone who plans and supervises working at height must be trained and competent. The IPAF MEWPs for Managers course addresses this training need for supervising and planning MEWP operations
  • 14
    March 2018

    Large Machines

    Let's suppose you've had IPAF training on a typical 30ft to 45ft boom lift or 24ft to 30ft scissor but then you're asked to operate a 150ft boom or a 100ft scissor.

  • 24
    January 2018

    Rapid Platforms Gains FORS Silver Accreditation

    Rapid Platforms has been awarded FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) Silver accreditation for its good working practices in the way it operates its powered access machine delivery and service van fleets.
  • 23
    January 2018

    Do you always wear a harness when operating a boom lift?

    Do you always wear a harness when operating a boom lift, do you make sure that it’s fitted correctly and do you inspect it for wear and tear? Knowing about harnesses could save your life, so make sure you attend one of our IPAF half day training courses. The course will cover the following:
  • 23
    January 2018

    Rapid Platforms Help Glazing Specialist To Meet Tight Time Frame

    Truck and track mounts from the Rapid Platforms fleet helped contractors to complete glazing inspections and repair work to a tight deadline at an office complex in Bracknell, Berkshire.
  • 3
    January 2018

    Boom Lift Helps To Safeguard Ancient Monument

    A Niftylift boom lift from the Rapid Platforms fleet has helped to safeguard the future of a 700-year-old monument for generations to come.
  • 6
    December 2017

    The Best MEWPs For Working In Tight Spaces

    If you're working at height inside a building where space is restricted it's essential that you use the right machine for the job in hand.
  • 23
    November 2017

    Rapid Platforms Marks Its 35th Anniversary

    Rapid Platforms, one of the UK’s oldest powered access rental companies, marked its 35th anniversary in October.
  • 11
    October 2017

    The importance of pre-use inspection and function check

    Before an operator begins to use a MEWP, he should carry out a static pre-use inspection to ensure that it is structurally safe and has no faults that could put themselves or others at risk.
  • 27
    September 2017

    Getting The Most Out Of A Battery Powered MEWP

    If you've decided to book an IPAF course or you're about to go on one, this blog will give you an idea of what to expect.
  • 19
    September 2017

    What happens on an IPAF Operator course?

    If you've decided to book an IPAF course or you're about to go on one, this blog will give you an idea of what to expect.
  • 18
    September 2017

    Battery Powered MEWPs: What You Need To Know

    Most site breakdowns or down time on battery powered MEWPs are due to lack of maintenance or incorrect use by the hirer. However, a little care and maintenance can help you to save time and money, and ensure optimum safety and productivity.
  • 23
    August 2017

    Work at height on ground that is rough and uneven

    Let's suppose you need to work at height on ground that is rough and uneven – do you opt for a 4WD MEWP or a track mounted MEWP? Let's consider the pros and cons of each type of machine:
  • 27
    July 2017

    Don't Fall Foul Of The Law

    If you’re a manager, supervisor or director responsible for people using MEWPs, it’s essential that you know what your management and legal responsibilities are – otherwise you could face a hefty fine or even end up going to jail!
  • 18
    July 2017

    Senior Hire Controller Sam Holland praised for "a level of service that goes way beyond the normal call of duty."

    Sam has been helping Breyer Group plc with its truck mounted platform hire requirements as the company saw its workload increase.
  • 3
    July 2017

    MEWPs: Why An Emergency Rescue Plan Is Vital

    Consider the possible consequences if you are working at height in a Mobile Elevating Work Platform and you became injured or ill? Would you have the knowledge to rescue yourself and would people on the ground be available and trained to safely lower the platform if you were unable to?
  • 27
    June 2017

    Ground Conditions: Important Points To Consider

    Before you consider operating a MEWP on ground that may not be familiar to you, bear in mind the following points:
  • 5
    June 2017

    Why You Should Consider A Machine Service Package

    For legal, safety and productivity reasons it’s vital that owners of powered access machines have them inspected and serviced by a CAP Certified engineer.
  • 5
    June 2017

    £1 Million Expansion Programme for Rapid Platforms

    Rapid Platforms is investing over £1 million in new machines and is also recruiting four new employees.
  • 15
    March 2017

    Safety tips for using interior access equipment

    While our cherry pickers, hoists and truck-mounted access platforms are clearly designed for outdoor use, we also offer access equipment that can be used indoors
  • 16
    February 2017

    3 questions to ask before choosing access equipment

    When renting or buying access machinery it is vitally important to choose equipment that matches your requirements exactly. Attempting to
  • 16
    February 2017

    First aid training: why should your employees be trained?

    Having first-aid training can be beneficial for both personal reasons and work-related issues; therefore, it is always a highly recommended
  • 30
    January 2017

    Grow your business with access equipment

    Do you own a small business that specialises in building maintenance, repairs or alteration? If you’ve been running your business
  • 16
    January 2017

    5 tips to help ensure you purchase the correct access machinery

    Purchasing the right access machinery can ensure you have the machine you need to work at height, whenever you need
  • 16
    January 2017

    How to judge site safety in windy conditions

    When operating a cherry picker or other types of access machinery at height, there are numerous weather conditions that can