Force Australia orders 40 Skyjack vertical masts

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Force Australia is currently taking deliver of a 40-strong fleet of Skyjack SJ 12 and SJ 16 models.
Force Australia is currently taking deliver of a 40-strong fleet of Skyjack SJ 12 and SJ 16 models.

Force Australia has ordered 40 vertical mast lifts from Skyjack.

The lifts, the last of which are to be delivered today, will be put to work immediately on the construction of the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). The build is the largest infrastructure project ever to be undertaken in South Australia.

“The equipment is reliable, easy to use, and has great customer acceptance,” explained John Glover, national service manager at Force Australia, one of the largest suppliers of access equipment in the Antipodes.

“Our customers look to us to provide them with equipment as and when they need it. [More] than that, they want solid, proven machines that deliver consistently, so we’re continuing to grow our fleet with exactly that kind of equipment,” he added.

RAH is being built for the South Australian state government, and will be run by the SA Health Partnership Consortium. Force Australia says that the vertical mast lifts’ compact footprints and high manoeuvrability make them well suited to the busy project, offering subcontractors and other workers access to hard-to-reach areas.

Force Australia is to take delivery of an assortment of SJ 12 and SJ 16 models as part of the deal. The former has a work height of 5.48m and a load capacity of 782kg. The latter, meanwhile, has a work height of 6.68m, and boasts a capacity of 966kg. Both vertical mast lifts have a traversing platform of 0.41m for greater access at height, and are able to work either above or over obstacles. The Skyjack lifts can be folded down to just 0.45m.

The latest order follows the delivery of a number of Skyjack SJIII 3226 scissor platforms to Force Australia earlier this year.

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