mast access systems

Mast Climbing Work Platforms

Mast climbing platforms are one of the latest advancements in construction technology. Mast climbing systems improve on traditional methods of access by positioning both men and materials at the most ergonomic height creating a "workplace in the sky" which is economical, efficient and safe. Keeping workmen at their optimum work height results in dramatic productivity increases.

Moving tools and providing power at different levels costs money but mast climbing systems reduce access time by as much as 90%, reduce building ties by up to 80%, and improve site security both during and after working hours.

They are ideal for a wide range of jobs from new construction to repairs and refinishing on existing buildings.

Reduced labour time - As the mast climbing system can come to the ground for restocking for trades such as masonry and plaster, materials like brick and blocks can now be placed where needed by a forklift instead of a crane. Since the platforms can be raised or lowered by the touch of a button the platform can always be in the most ergonomic position.

The time and cost savings are significant - All models offer safety and convenience features which have proven to cut labour costs in excess of 30%. Materials and other necessary equipment can be lifted on platform at the same time as the workers. Long platforms speed up work on wide facades. Construction is solid and mast climbing systems are cheap to maintain and easy to service.

Safety - the entire deck moves with the workforce effectively eliminating the constant checking of hundreds of planks and guardrails to make sure they are securely in place. Work is safer and more ergonomic because labour is always working at the optimal height with material and tools within easy reach.

Production increases - up to three times more than conventional methods.

Healthier employees - the system creates an ergonomic advantages where materials and tools can be positioned so there is less bending and reaching.

Quick and easy assembly and installation - High free-standing operation - unanchored machines can work up to 20m without being fixed to the building. Great heights and large payloads are no problem with some projects reaching over 250m (800 feet+).

Lightweight and easy to transport - The systems can be freestanding up to 30 m indoors and 20 m outdoors and on a Mobile chassis for quick and easy relocation.

Extremely versatile - easily adapted for different applications and structural dimensions including sloping facades. The extension platforms contour to most buildings and precision levelling reduces repetitive strain injuries.

Less damaging - Mast climbers offer less damage to building components compared to traditional multi handling, replace trailing cable and expensive distribution points.


HEK MSM Super Platform

The HEK MSM Super is a multifunctional mast climbing work platform that can be used with single or double masts.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the principal cost advantage of mast climbing systems?

Mast climbing systems can increase productivity by 30% or more. They are more ergonomic, safer and reduce the amount of equipment needed. Materials and tools are always within easy reach. The long platforms available speed up work on wide facades. Mast climbers have low maintenance costs, are easy to service and built for quick and easy erection and dismantling.

When are mast climbing systems at their most efficient?

Mast climbing work platforms are ideal for a variety of projects including construction, renovation, or demolition where schedules are tight, where there are heavy loads or construction materials and the workplace is above 4.8m.

How high can mast climbing systems be used?

Our HEK MSM Super Mast Climbing system can be operated up to a height of 250m as it was on the Q1 project on the Gold Coast – the world’s tallest residential building.

Are mast climbing systems efficient at lower heights?

Mast climbing systems are useful for all types of projects, including low-rise. For example, they can be used for glazing, painting or masonry works even at a height of 6m.

Are mast climbing systems only available in standard models?

Most applications use standard models but Scotia Access Systems Australia can just as easily design a mast climbing system to meet almost any need.

Are mast climbing systems high or low maintenance?

Mast climbers require little maintenance compared to other powered access equipment.

When do mast climbing systems need anchoring?

Some systems can free-stand up to 20m. Others are anchored from between 6m to 8m.

What happens in the event of a power failure?

Mast climbing systems are equipped with a centrifugal brake to provide for controlled descent in the event of a power failure and can be lowered by hand under fully automatic speed regulation from the platform.

Are mast climbing systems mobile?

Mobile, truck mounted models are available and all mast climbing systems can be transported on any normal truck.