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What is the maximum cantilever on a straight platform?

Depending on the platform configuration, the typical rule of thumb is a maximum length cantilever of ¼ the total length of the platform. This length can be applied on both ends of the platform simultaneously. The cantilever is measured from the End Guardrail to the center of the C-Stirrup. Once a platform is 40ft or longer, the new maximum cantilever is limited to a 10ft MAX. Please consult Bee Access prior to use.

What load capacity can be place on a cantilevered section of a straight platform?

250 lb (~1 worker)

What is the load capacity that can be placed on a single platform porch section?

250 lb (~1 worker)

What is the maximum spacing between (2) hoists on a straight platform?


Are the Altrex and UP-STAGE platforms compatible?

Yes, all components are 100% compatible. Please consult Bee Access prior to use.

Are the Altrex and UP-STAGE platforms compatible with other makes of suspended platforms?

Although Altrex and UP-STAGE platforms and components are compatible with each other, they are NOT compatible with other manufacturers’ makes of suspended platforms.

What do the component charts for the Altex and UP-STAGE platforms provide?

After deciding the platform required length, the component charts provide the load capacity of the desired platform length along with all of the required components, part numbers, and quantities for either End Stirrup or C- Stirrup configurations.

Am I always required to install a front guardrail on my platform? When do I not need to use one?

Front guardrails are REQUIRED on all platforms not stabilized to the structure. When using a stabilization system AND the platform is less than 14” from the façade, the front guardrail may be lowered. OSHA 1910.25(g)(5): Guardrails not less than 36 inches or more than 42 inches high, with a mid-rail and toeboards, shall be installed at all open sides on all scaffolds more than 10 feet above the ground or floor. “Open sides”: means the edge of a platform that is more than 14 inches (36 cm) away from a sturdy, continuous, vertical surface (such as a building wall).

What is the load capacity of a platform?

The platform’s load capacity varies depending on numerous factors. Please see the Platform Component Chart for standard platform configurations and the associated load capacity.

What is the maximum length platform I can achieve with a standard platform configuration (i.e. 2 hoists w/ C-Stirrups)?

The maximum length platform with 2 hoists is 70ft. This would entail a platform with 50ft distance between hoists and a 10ft cantilever per side (10ft + 50ft + 10ft = 70ft). Please see the Platform Component Chart for standard platform configurations and the associated load capacity.

What is the maximum unsupported cantilever on a platform with a corner section?

Yes, with a fixed corner: 1/2m cantilever. With an adjustable corner: 1m cantilever. Please consult Bee Access prior to use.

Can I cantilever a U-frame?

This is dependent upon the platform configuration. Please contact Bee Access.

Do the U-Frames come with Quick Pins?

Yes. Each U-Frame comes standard with 8 Quick Pins attached with lanyards.

Do the Guard Rail Posts come with the U-Frames?

No. The Guard Rail Posts do not come with the U-Frames and need to be ordered separately. You will need (2) Guard Rail Posts per U-Frame.

Does a Pigeon Hole Stand / Tripod Stand require a tieback?

No tieback is required. However, it is optional.

When is a Guy Wire System required for rigging?

A Guy Wire System is required for all 5×5 H-Beam rigging assemblies with outreaches beyond 10ft. NOTE: The Guy Wire system is suggested for a 10ft outreach BUT not required.

What is the maximum return for a standard Down and Under rigging system?

The maximum return is 4ft.

What is the maximum outreach for an 8x5 Beam Assembly?

9ft Outreach when using a 1000 lb rated hoist for personnel use.

What is the maximum outreach for a 10X6 Beam Assembly?

11ft Outreach when using a 1000 lb rated hoist for personnel use.

How far can I project a 16ft standard 5”x5” beam when using a 1000 lb rated hoist for personnel use, before I need to add additional support/rigging accessories?

The maximum outreach for this setup is 5ft.

Are Bee Access outrigger beams compatible with other makes of outrigger beams?

Bee Access outrigger beams and components are not compatible with different/other manufacturers’ makes of outrigger beams.

What is the maximum outreach Bee Access can supply?

The maximum outreach Bee Access can accomplish using mostly standard 5×5 H-Beams is 14ft (this will include stacking beams, Cable Truss, Horizontal Guy Wire System and beam clamps). Please consult Bee Access prior to use.

Where can I find a voltage drop calculator to help me determine my current needs (i.e. Do I need a booster)?

Consult our voltage calculator HERE.

What is the voltage drop for 10-3 electric cable over a 250’ ft distance (as required to power the platform with 2 Bisomac Hoists)?

Approximately 12V with source voltage of 208V. Consult our voltage calculator HERE.

What is the required circuit breaker size for a platform with 2 BISOMAC single-phase hoists?

Use a 20A breaker for 1000 lb BISOMAC hoists or 30A for 1500 lb hoists.

What is the required source Voltage for the BISOMAC Hoists?

208V +/- 10% so 187 to 228V AT THE HOIST WHILE RUNNING. Long power cords will cause a Voltage drop and a booster may be required. Consult our Voltage calculator HERE.

Why won’t my GFCI tester work on your step-down transformer?

GFCI testers are designed to check the wiring of a GFCI-protected outlet in a home or place of business. They are not designed to test the wiring on a dual-coil isolation transformer. Just plug in the transformer and press the “test” button on the GFCI itself to test it. If the GFCI button “pops,” hit the “reset” button and enjoy using your now-tested GFCI step-down transformer. If the button does not pop, the GFCI will need to be replaced before it can be used on a job site.

How many power tools can I plug into your step-down transformer?

The step-down transformer’s coil and GFCI can handle up to 20 Amps worth of power tool demand. The labels on a power tool should tell you how many Amps of electric current it will require when in use. Add 10% to that number to account for Voltage differences on the platform, then figure out how many Amps will be used when you run your tools. An additional step-down transformer may be required to avoid overloading (and ruining) a step-down’s coil and/or GFCI if you will need more than 20 Amps of current while all tools are in use.

What size generator should I use to power a platform? Transformer?

5 kW per hoist, so 10 kW for a platform with 2 hoists.

What is the safety factor for your equipment?

Personnel: 4 to 1 Safety Factor. Material: 2.5 to 1 Safety Factor

Do I need to invest in any safety equipment (or safety “tools”) beyond fall protection for my crew who will be on the platform?

YES: An anemometer is required to check wind speeds before utilizing the platform during the daily inspection processes. Tool tethers are also highly suggested.

What is the recommended cut-off in regard to wind speed as it pertains to safely operating a platform?

OSHA guidelines restrict users from operating a suspended platform during adverse weather, including storms, high winds, and icy conditions. Users are restricted from operating the platform when wind velocities reach or exceed 25 mph, even in clear, stable weather. A competent person will make the determination of use if wind speeds are less than 25mph, yet the jobsite conditions are unsafe.

Who can CERTIFY my crew (or supervisor) for suspended platform competency?

Competent person classes can be taken through the SAIA (Scaffold Access Industry Association). Visit their site HERE. Specific product training can be taken through Bee Access or Bee Access authorized distributors. Contact Bee Access for more information or to schedule a training session.

What defines a “competent person” as it pertains to suspended platform use (rigging, operation, etc.)?

Per OSHA, a Competent Person means one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.

Can scaffold builders tie off their Self Retracting Lanyards (SRLs) at foot level?

Bee’s fall arrest partner and sister company, Safewaze, offers a Class 1 SRL (PN 019-5155) that can be anchored up to 5’ below the user’s back D-ring. This is the product that we recommend for scaffold customers who are serious about complying with the latest SRL standards. Visit the Safewaze website for more information HERE.

What is the maximum length lanyard that I can use with a rope grab?

ANSI standards limit the length of a lanyard to 3 feet when used with a rope grab attached to a lifeline during suspended platform work. This length limits the amount of freefall before the rope grab has to arrest a worker’s fall and also the total fall distance. Using a 6’ lanyard for up to 12’ of free fall and more than 22′ of total fall distance exposes the worker to much greater risk of injury from swing (pendulum) fall effect and the possibility of striking the platform or other obstructions at high speed while falling.

How much wire rope can a Passive Wire Winder Hold?

We have two options for Passive Wire Winders; 500ft drum capacity and 750ft drum capacity, when using 5/16” wire rope.

Where is Bee Access headquarters located?

West Palm Beach, Florida. We also have a second location outside of Atlanta, GA (formerly Access Innovators).

Are all Bee Access products manufactured in the USA?

The majority of our Bee Access branded products and accessories are, but not all. There are products that are supplied by NATO friendly countries.

What is the maximum operating height of the MC 250?

For standard operation, the maximum is 200 ft. However, the MC250 can be operated up to 300 ft with additional requirements. Contact Bee Access for specifications.

All wire rope is the same. What’s the big deal about yours?

Bee Access wire rope is a machine with 131 moving parts (every individual wire and the core), where each part can be produced and assembled differently by a rope manufacturer. By finding the right combination of more than 30 rope characteristics, the wire rope offered by Bee Access delivers great value and performance on every platform hoist used in North America. Bee’s legendary customer support after the sale doesn’t hurt, either.

Where does the name Bee Access come from?

Bee Access started off as a d/b/a/ under Bee Welding, Inc. in 1997. The name “Bee” came from the welding electrode holders also known as “stingers”, hence the association with a bee stinger. The name Bee Welding was replaced with Bee Access Products (later shortened to Bee Access in 2021) to be more relevant to the access industry we so proudly serve and support.

Who owns Bee Access?

Canopy Brands is a growing family of trusted at-height brands providing protection, access and mobility solutions to commercial and residential markets. Comprised of brands Safewaze, Safewaze Engineering, Bee Access and Galaxy Lifts, we deliver a comprehensive portfolio of over 5,000 products covering fall protection, suspended and permanent access, and powered lifts, plus a growing range of engineering services. To learn more about Canopy Brands, visit