Hinowa boom lift supports high-rise building cladding inspections

Building surveyors and engineers are turning to JMS to hire the latest powered access technology that makes it easier and safer to carry out cladding inspections on high-rise buildings.


JMS has provided a lithium battery powered Hinowa Lightlift 33.17 Performance IIIS boom lift to allow engineers to take a close and detailed look at cladding on an apartment building in South East London.

The tracked powered access platform was needed to carry out fire checks to ensure the cladding met the standards expected by the building’s owners following the Grenfell Tower fire in West London.


Powered access for cladding inspection


JMS Managing Director Mark Jackson said: “The inspection of building cladding systems has become a top priority for property owners, facilities managers and regulators following the Grenfell Tower fire.

“They need working at height systems that can support these measures cost-effectively, sustainably and with least disruption to building users. Tracked spider booms like our Hinowa LL 33.17 are providing the solution.”

The building inspection team had to work in a confined space around the apartment building, which was fitted with a cladding system that had an outer aluminium skin.


Impressive up and over reach


On top of that, the work had to be conducted at the same time that a glazing project was underway on lower floors, which meant scaffolding was causing a secondary obstacle to working at height.

The Hinowa LL 33.17 tracked spider boom has been designed precisely for these complex worksites. It has a maximum working height of 32.60m and a maximum outreach of 16.50m. This meant the platform basket could be guided up and over scaffolding to reach the upper floors.

The access platform’s width of just 1.69m allowed it to be tracked into position thought a narrow access point. Its low point loading, both during tracking and during working at height, supports its operation across low weight bearing ground, including paved areas around residential and office blocks.


Safest and most sustainable option


The spider boom’s basket has a capacity of 230kg, which is unrestricted throughout its huge working envelope, a capability that is much appreciated by clients and platform operators alike. 

Mark Jackson said: “Without a tracked spider boom with the Hinowa’s impressive capabilities, the cladding inspection could only have been carried out by scaffolding the building, or using a truck-mounted boom lift parked out on a nearby road, which would have required significant traffic management measures.

“In both scenarios, this would have adding greatly to the cost of the cladding fire check process and to the inconvenience and disruption it would have caused.

“As our clients can use a lithium battery powered tracked spider boom, such building inspections can be carried out in a fume-free and low-noise environment. This is much preferred by residents and office workers and contributes to a reduced carbon footprint and sustainability pledges.”


Powered access innovation in action


JMS has been the first powered access hire specialist to take delivery of a lithium battery powered Hinowa LL 33.17 spider boom lift, in line with the company’s pledge to offer clients the most modern and innovative working at height solutions.

For more information about the Hinowa LL 33.17 tracked spider boom and other working at height options for carrying out cladding inspections and other building surveys, call JMS. Tel: 0845 457 0000.