Optional secondary guarding solution now available in ANZ
Tuesday 26 March 2019 @ 09:33
The Genie® Lift Guard™ Contact Alarm for slab scissors and vertical mast lifts innovatively alerts operators, occupants and ground personnel to the potential hazards when working at height.
Genie protective solutions continue to evolve
Representing the next generation in innovative solutions, the new alarm system is now available in Australia and New Zealand for Genie GS™ slab scissor lifts and Genie GR™ and GRC™ vertical masts, confirms Tim Merritt, Genie National Product Support Manager, Terex AWP.
An optional electronic secondary guarding solution, it activates when an obstruction contacts an activation whisker mounted to the mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) guardrails. Merritt explains, “The activation alerts operators, occupants and ground personnel to a potential hazard.
“When the system is activated, all machine motion will stop. An alarm will sound to alert the operator, who will then need to acknowledge the alarm by releasing the function enable and centering the joystick.”
Intermittent notifications will continue until the machine is shut off or the activation whisker is returned to its stowed position. Lift and drive functions can continue at reduced speeds.
The new alarm option for slab scissors and vertical mast lifts includes 1-2 activation whiskers, depending on platform size. Merritt adds, “It's possible to expand the Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system with additional activation whiskers.”
Why was this design chosen?
The Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system is designed to provide a level of secondary guarding like those available to boom lifts, in a package meeting the unique needs of scissor and vertical mast lift applications, says Merritt.
“This system is designed to provide excellent visibility for the operator in the platform, and it boasts a robust configuration with simple parts,” he says. “To increase an access equipment firm’s rental return on invested capital (rROIC), this system requires no maintenance outside of regular inspections.”
Operator safety is a high priority
Operator safety and productivity are critical considerations in the Genie design process. The Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system for slab scissors and vertical mast lifts is designed to supplement a trained operator’s situational awareness and provide a secondary layer of guarding while working at height.
The Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system is now available as a factory-installed option on slab scissor and vertical mast lifts. A retrofit kit is available to allow for compatibility with Genie Smart Link™ system-equipped scissor lifts and vertical masts produced since 2011.
To find out more about a Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm for slab scissors and vertical mast lifts, contact Genie Australia on 1800 788 633.
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