Genie protective solutions continue to evolve. Highlighting a new generation in innovative solutions, the Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system is now available for Genie GS slab scissor lifts and Genie GR and GRC vertical masts. This optional electronic secondary guarding solution is designed to activate when an obstruction makes contact with an activation whisker mounted to the mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) guardrails, alerting operators, occupants and ground personnel to a potential hazard.
“The Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system for slab scissor lifts and vertical masts is designed to provide a level of secondary guarding equivalent to that available on boom lifts, in a package that meets the unique needs of scissor and vertical mast lift applications,” says Michael Flanagan, Genie Product Manager, Terex AWP. According to Flanagan, this new Genie alarm system will include one to two activation whiskers, depending on platform size, which can be expanded with additional activation whiskers.
The Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system for slab scissors and vertical mast lifts is designed to activate when an activation whisker is deflected by an obstruction, triggering the limit switch in the base of the assembly. When the system is activated, all machine motion will stop. An alarm will sound to alert the operator; operators will 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, while lift and drive functions are permitted at reduced speeds.
“Operator safety and productivity are key 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,” adds Flanagan.
A free-movement zone exists between the activation whisker and guardrail. This zone allows mobility for operators and occupants after the system is activated. And, this new system provides excellent visibility for the operator in the platform, as well as boasts a robust configuration with simple parts that require no maintenance outside of regular inspections.
The Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm is 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.