Aerial lifts (sometimes called platform lifts or manlifts) are used to access materials at heights out of reach. They often replace climbing a ladder and come in a variety of sizes and shapes, including smaller lifts called scissor lifts and platform lifts and intermediate lifts called maintenance lifts.
Individuals who have difficulty or are not able to climb or walk up stairs may require the use of an elevator. Elevators can also be an alternative to installing a stair lift or making modifications to the stair well of a building.
Emergency evacuation devices are available to help remove individuals with mobility impairments from buildings. These devices typically help individuals quickly move people with mobility limitations down the stairs or across rough terrain.
Ladders that can accommodate loads of up to 500 pounds are considered to be large-rated ladders. These ladders vary in the number of steps, whether they have handrails, and if they are single, extension, platform, or step.
Individuals with mobility impairments who use aids such as scooters, wheelchairs, and power chairs typically use some type of lift to access upper and lower levels of buildings. Large rated wheelchair lifts feature a higher weight capacity than standard wheelchair lifts. They may be necessary when both a passenger and an individual who uses a wheelchair need to access a space.