The new Genie lift guard white noise alarm, now available globally as an option on Genie equipment, provides an alternative to a traditional tonal alarm that can reduce noise emissions on job sites up to 45%.
Like a traditional tonal alarm, the new white noise alarm sounds when a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) travels forward or in reverse, or moves up or down. However, instead of making a beeping sound, the white noise alarm makes more of a whooshing sound. The noise can be detected by personnel who are in direct proximity to the MEWP. The alarm dissipates quicker than a tonal alarm if not in close proximity due to the technical acoustical differences in the alarm.
“On busy jobsites, personnel can become desensitized to competing warning alarms coming from a variety of equipment. However, because the White Noise Alarm makes a sound that is directional and not penetrating, it is more obvious from where the sound is coming. As a result, it is audible only to people who are near the equipment and serves as an immediate reminder to watch out,” said Bryan Williams, Genie product manager.
In addition to crowded jobsites, the alarm can be used in environmentally-sensitive work areas or for after-hours work in locations where public disturbances should be minimized.
The white noise alarm is available as an option on all new Genie slab scissor lifts, telehandlers (ANSI only), runabouts and AWPs, and will be available in the first quarter of 2023 on boom lifts and RT scissor lifts. Retrofit parts kits also will be available for many existing machines. When equipped, the white noise alarm will be functional when the machine is in motion, such as when it is driving and for ascent and descent. The tonal alarm will remain in place and functional for all other machine alarms, including tilt and overload.