The Work at Height Regulations brought an increased use in low-level access solutions, as stakeholders realised their obligations were more defined.
With this came a proliferation of access solutions, but with no design standard to ensure health and safety guidelines were met, an eclectic range of equipment soon flooded the market.
Recognising the need for regulation the Health and Safety Executive released PAS250, later to become BS8620:2016, that ensured a standard in design for low-level platforms.
Having a product that conformed to this standard, and customers that knew this was the key element for successful promotion and use, was the start of a successful relationship between Planet Platforms, end users and two of the leading hire equipment specialists.
The two major players are leading providers of tools, equipment and related services in the UK and Ireland. Their nationwide networks are in more than 450 locations throughout the UK and Ireland, ensuring easy access to an extensive range of tools and equipment.
Over a period of 18 months, and prior to the release of PAS250, Planet Platforms designed and manufactured a low-level fibreglass podium that when tested against the new design specification, passed each of the criteria. Presented with these facts and the absence of any other similar product on the market there was a niche to be filled.
Eight years and over 1300 podiums later, these figures illustrate how when working with Planet Platforms, organisations can be assured they are dealing with an innovative company at the forefront of UK access industry.