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Success in mining with Elliott HiReach lifts

by | Jan 19, 2017 | Learning Center

Mining is usually focused downward, but getting workers and equipment off the ground can be as critical as any subsurface work when it comes to safety and success in mining.

Elliott Equipment Company HiReach aerial lifts are robustly built and designed to withstand the rigors of a mining environment. The lifts feature an operator-friendly “point and shoot” telescopic design that goes high and wide, letting you do more work with a single setup. Plus, they are customizable to fit your unique application. Mine operators stand to see significant savings, increased efficiency and decreased downtime when using HiReach lifts in their mines.

Open-pit mining

When the massive machines used in open-pit mining break down, repair work often requires lifting workers and tools into the air. HiReach lifts equipped with two-man baskets can position workers to make needed repairs quickly and safely.

If a part needs to be replaced, lifts equipped with jib winches in the personnel platform can safely hoist replacement parts to where they’re needed. HiReach lifts feature smooth, easy-to-use controls so that part swaps can be completed safely and quickly, allowing mining operations to restart with fewer delays.

Elliott’s “Office in the Sky” platform accessories include 110V, air, hydraulic, welder and oxy/acetylene packages to conveniently power the tools you need to do the job.

Traversing a mine can take a long time. Since the HiReach is truck-mounted, you can quickly get from one point to another, minimizing down time and increasing productivity.

HiReach lifts can also enhance efficiency and safety when maintenance and repairs on electrical utilities, buildings and other structures near a mine site are required.

Subsurface safety

HiReach lifts have been used successfully underground, where the safety of miners and their equipment is a priority. For instance, taking HiReach lifts into mine shafts to scrape away loose rock on the mine ceiling protects the miners at risk of serious injury in the event of a rock fall.

Because Elliott HiReach lifts feature higher and wider reaches, the need to slow work for constant repositioning is reduced. Elliott HiReach lifts also feature optional oversized heavy-duty steel work platforms up to 16 feet wide to carry more tools and handle mining conditions. Steel mesh cab guards are available to protect trucks against the dangers of falling material.

Drilling and blasting

Mine operators can specify aerial lift models with an external cable carrier equipped with wide diameter hoses from the bed to the personnel platform so workers can inject ammonium nitrate/fuel oil (ANFO) into the mine face. HiReach lifts’ wide reach and ease of use allow operators to spend less time prepping for a detonation and scheduling contractors.

Finding the right aerial mining equipment

HiReach lifts from Elliott Equipment Company have proven their worth as aerial mining equipment, whether by aiding in equipment repair and site maintenance, keeping underground mines safe or by preparing sites for planned detonations.

In addition, HiReach lifts benefit operators by eliminating the need for costly outsourcing and potential delays. All Elliott HiReach units are backed by the best warranty in the business, including a lifetime structural warranty.

To learn more about the benefits of using HiReach lifts from Elliott Equipment Company on your job, download our HiReach: A Better Material Handling Option guide.

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