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What’s the Difference Between a Man Basket and a Work Platform?

man basket

Man basket

If you work in logistics, construction, or another industry that regularly involves elevated work areas, you are probably familiar with man baskets and work platforms.  When you need to get up in the air, but a ladder or scaffolding won't do, these are your go-to pieces of equipment.  Just hook them up to a forklift, attach the safety chains, and you are off and working.

Besides the obvious differences in size and cost, what is the difference between a man basket and a work platform?  What kinds of jobs require one or the other?  Let's take a look at them in detail:

  • The Medlin Man Basket.  Don't let the name fool you:  Women can ride in it, too.  All joking aside, Medlin makes man baskets with the highest levels of worker safety in mind.  Constructed of heavy duty carbon steel with a no-slip diamond plate floor, 42" high hand rails and a high safety back screen, the man basket is perfect for detail-oriented elevated jobs when a ladder or scaffolding isn't available.  You most often find man baskets in use by electrical workers, building inspectors and engineers, as well as other jobs that don't require heavy equipment.
    work platform

    Work platform

  • The Medlin Work Platform.  Perfect when you need multiple personnel in an elevated work area, or you need to bring up a heavier load, such as a power washer or other large piece of equipment.  It's made with the same exacting safety standards as the man basket, and is highly customizable in size, load capacity, pocket size for larger fork applications.  You let us know what you need to get the job done, and we'll build it for you.  It's just that simple.

Our array of forklift-powered material and personnel handling equipment is the perfect solution for your elevated work area needs.  Whether you've got a small job, like repairing a power line, and you just need to get a skilled technician up with a few tools in a man basket, or you've got a large job and need several people or a heavy piece of equipment up in the air, Medlin has you covered.  By partnering with us, you can always have the utmost levels of confidence – we have been in the business over twenty years and every piece of equipment we manufacture is covered by our comprehensive warranty.  Search our products page to find the right equipment, or contact us if you have any questions.

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