In recent years, mast climbing solutions have gained traction in the construction industry for their flexibility, efficiency, and safety benefits. However, misconceptions about their limitations persist, hindering their widespread adoption. In this post, we’ll introduce different features that you can customise your mast climbing solutions with, including:

  • deck extensions 

  • drop-down flaps 

  • drop-down steps 

  • double-stacked machines 

  • access gates 


Explore the following chapters: 

Maximising Mast Climbing Solutions With Deck Extensions 

Enhancing Safety and Accessibility with Drop Down Flap and Drop Down Step 

Mast Climber Customisation: Double-Stacked Machines in Vertical Access 

How Mast Climbers Offer High Accessibility with Access Gates 


Looking for more information? Click on each header to check out the expanded posts, where we look at each of these areas one-by-one in more detail. 


Maximising Mast Climbing Solutions With Deck Extensions 

Mast climbing solutions are versatile systems revolutionising construction projects by providing efficient vertical access, replacing traditional scaffolding. Despite their utility, some misconceptions hinder their adoption in projects with complex building features like recessed areas, balconies, and protrusions. 

Advancements in technology, like deck extensions, have rendered these beliefs obsolete, enhancing the versatility of mast climbers. These extensions directly address challenges posed by irregular building structures, extending the reach of mast climbers to access difficult-to-reach areas with ease. 

Deck extensions are add-ons designed to enhance mast climbing solutions by providing additional working platforms. They offer unparalleled flexibility and customisation, tailored to suit specific project requirements. 


Deck Extension Options 


Standard Deck Extensions - Crafted from scaffold boards, typically 225mm wide. 

Bespoke Solutions - Tailored to specific project requirements, accommodating saw tooth and curved facades.

Fixed Extensions for Corners - Vital for brickwork, providing stable access around corners.

Fixed / Bespoke Extensions - Customised to match challenging facades, including curves. 

Sliding Deck Extensions - Ideal for accessing elements of the facade that step in, offering flexibility in tight spaces. 


These extensions offer numerous benefits, including improved access to inaccessible areas, enhanced safety with wider working platforms, and increased productivity. 



Enhancing Safety and Accessibility with Drop Down Flap and Drop Down Step 

Recognising the diverse requirements of construction projects, customising mast climbing solutions is crucial for maximising efficiency. Add-on features like the Drop Down Flap and Drop Down Step can enhance the adaptability of the mast climbers and address common challenges such as balcony access and bridging gaps between the working area and the facades, which can result in improved safety on site, significant cost savings and accelerated project timelines. 


Drop Down Flap 

The Drop Down Flap extends from the top handrail to the facade, providing an additional 400mm of coverage to bridge the gap. Manufactured by BFT, it enhances safety by preventing items from falling between the building and the platform. Electronically limited deployment ensures platform security, mitigating risks associated with standard setups. 


Drop Down Step 

Historically, accessing residents' balconies with regular mast climbers lacked customisation, often causing inconvenience. The Drop Down Step offers a resident-friendly solution, facilitating easy access without disruption. Electronically limited deployment ensures safety for both workers and residents. 


Common Challenges and Solutions 


Challenge - Significant gap between the working area and platforms

Solution - Drop Down Flap extends coverage by 400mm, enhancing safety and productivity. 


Challenge - Difficulty accessing residents' balconies 

Solution- Drop Down Step facilitates easy and non-disruptive access, prioritising safety and convenience for residents. 


Double-Stacked Machines in Vertical Access 

Double Stacked Machines, as the name suggests, involve the stacking of two platforms on a single mast, effectively doubling the working capacity of the system. This innovation allows for multiple work levels on the same mast, enabling greater efficiency and productivity on construction sites. By introducing Double Stacked Machines as an add-on feature, contractors can maximise the potential of their mast climbing solutions and tackle complex projects with ease. 


Misconceptions and Benefits 


Misconceptions - Limited access for multiple trades 

Benefits - Double Stacked Machines allow simultaneous work at different heights, optimising productivity. 


Misconceptions - Safety concerns, including collisions and top deck access 

Benefits - Advanced safety features, like anti-collision systems and secure access points, ensure worker safety and smooth operation. 


The Double Stacked Machines enabled seamless access to multiple levels of the facade, allowing various trades to work concurrently without delays or disruptions. Additionally, stringent safety protocols and anti-collision systems were put in place to ensure the well-being of workers and prevent any accidents.  


How Mast Climbers Offer High Accessibility with Access Gates 

In recent years, mast climbing solutions have gained popularity, offering flexibility, speed, and ease of use for about 85% of construction projects. Despite a common misconception favouring scaffolding, mast climbers, especially those equipped with Access Gates, prove to be more efficient and cost-effective for vertical access. 


Benefits of Access Gates 


Enhanced Accessibility - Access Gates provide secure entry/exit points at various levels, improving efficiency 

Streamlined Workflow - Workers can move between levels without time-consuming adjustments, minimising downtime 

Improved Safety - Reduces the need for workers to navigate hazardous areas or climb scaffolding, enhancing safety 

Internal Loading Capabilities - Eliminates the need for ground access; materials can be loaded directly onto mast climbers 

Flexibility in Tight Spaces - Access steps can be relocated to accommodate tight spaces, ensuring effective deployment   

Cost Savings - Minimises labour hours, project timelines, and associated costs 


Traditional access methods, like scaffolding, have drawbacks such as time-consuming setup, bulky structures impeding workflow, and extensive safety measures adding complexity and cost to construction projects. Recent advancements in access gate technology include loading bay gates, enabling direct forking of pallets onto mast climbers, further streamlining the loading process and enhancing overall efficiency on construction sites. 


Improve Your Access Method With Tailored Mast Climbing Solutions 

Mast climbers offer unparalleled efficiency in projects while prioritising safety and social responsibility. With their adaptable features and add-ons, like the Drop Down Flap and Deck Extensions, mast climbers provide a smarter alternative for vertical access. 

To determine whether your project leverages the advantages of mast climbers, consult with a vertical access expert. They can help you assess your project's unique needs and develop a tailored access solution that aligns perfectly with your project requirements.  

All BFT mast climbers comply with Work at Height, Manual Handling, and Health & Safety regulations, ready to deploy from two national distribution centres in Bedfordshire and Manchester. Don't settle for less when better options are available. Speak with an MCWP expert today and discover how mast climbers can help.