2020 Looking back on a year we will never forget.

Well 2020 turned out a little differently than we were all expecting!  I hope that you and your loved ones remain well, and fingers crossed that 2021 brings a return to more normal life for us all.  Like all business’s over the course of the year we adapted our ways of working to limit the spread of Covid-19, and this included the launch of a MEWP basket shield, a physical barrier which is fixed into the MEWP basket between the operator and your team.

Despite all it’s challenges 2020 was a good year for Elev8.  We kept ourselves busy and there were several exciting new developments.

Van Mounted Platforms

At the start of 2020 we added van mounted platforms to our hire fleet and these have proved to be so popular with our clients that we now have several options available including a MEWP mounted onto a 4×4 pickup, perfect for jobs in off road locations.  We have a wide range of van mounts to choose from starting from 13 metres of working height and going all the way up to 16.5 metres.  If you might find a van mount useful for your job you can see our full range here.

LAT160-F Van mounted platform for hire

Traffic Management

This year we also brought traffic management in house, setting up our own department dedicated to supplying traffic management services with the same high standard of service that you expect from Elev8.  You have enough to think about when planning your projects, so why not let Elev8’s NHSS (National Highways Sector Scheme) trained team take some of the hassle out of it and plan your traffic management provision.  More information on our traffic management service can be found here.

Traffic management service providing road closures

Contract Lifting

Elev8 are experts at safe working at height.   We have years of experience in safe access, lifting and working at height.   In 2020 we created a new division of Elev8 dedicated to providing fully project managed contract lifting solutions.   As well as having a vast array of in-house specialist lifting equipment available our contract lifting team have a wealth of knowledge about safely lifting materials and equipment.  Each lifting project is unique, and our team of Appointed Persons have the knowledge and training to design a safe lifting plan specifically for your job.   Elev8’s Appointed Person’s use their experience and skill to find innovative lifting solutions which are safe, cost effective and designed specifically for your project and your timescales.

Contract lifting for telecoms


Elev8’s health and safety team worked as hard as ever and one of their achievements in 2020 was the certification of our management system to ISO45001:2018, the international standard for occupational health and safety.  The standard replaces ISO18001 and encourages a proactive approach to health and safety as well as putting emphasis on leadership and employee engagement to promote a positive health and safety culture.  We are still maintaining our other safety certifications, but we know that some of our clients prefer their approved suppliers to hold ISO45001.  Find out more about Elev8’s certifications here.

Santa to the rescue

We ended the year on a high at Doncaster Children’s Hospital.   Covid-19 has made life so much harder for everyone, but especially those having to stay in hospital.  Because visitors are limited, the poorly children staying in hospitals last Christmas had no Santa visits to the ward.  The children’s ward at Doncaster Hospital came up with the excellent idea of having Santa fly by outside the window to cheer up the children during their Christmas eve party, and Elev8 were happy to provide a free MEWP and IPAF qualified Santa to operate it.

S35EM cherry picker Doncaster Hospital Santa Visit


As we begin 2021 once again, the United Kingdom enters another national lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 while the NHS deploys the vaccine to the most vulnerable in our society.  Many of our clients provide essential infrastructure work, construction, and essential services and all divisions of Elev8 remain fully operational and ready to help you work at height safely and provide traffic management for your project.  Please contact us if you require more information about any of our services or if you would like some advice from a specialist in the most efficient way to safely perform your work at height, lifting project or traffic mangement.

Happy new year.  May 2021 be a good year for us all.


Best wishes

The Elev8 team