Lift guard contact alarm system
The first in the next generation of innovative accessories, the new Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system can, in some circumstances, provide additional operator protection, says the manufacturer. The Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system is engineered as an electronic secondary guarding system designed to immediately activate and alert others that the operator may need help. This new accessory is configured as a standard accessory on most new Genie Z (articulated) and S (telescopic) boom lif ts. It is active whenever the footswitch on the boom is enabled.
“Genie protective solutions continue to evolve,” says Mitch Ely, Genie National Operations Manager Australia, “[and] this new configuration is a significantly different design from its predecessor, the Genie Operator Protective Alarm (OPA).”
How does it work? The new Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system features an activation cable fitted above the boom lif t’s platform control panel. When pressure is applied to the cable, it disconnects and activates the system. When the system is activated, all machine lif t and drive functions are stopped to prevent additional movement in the platform, and an alarm sounds and beacons flash, notifying everyone near the Genie boom lif t that the operator may require assistance.
The system is only functional when the footswitch is depressed, and motion does not resume without human intervention. All notifications and function restrictions continue until the system is reset by simply clicking the activation cable back into place; there is no need to restart the engine or cycle e-stop power to resume machine functionality. The machine can be operated from the ground, if necessary.
ADVANTAGES OF THE GENIE SYSTEM
“We engineered the new Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system to be visible from the ground with its bright yellow colour. In the platform, it is as unobtrusive for the operator as possible,” says Ely. “It is simple to use, and it is used in conjunction with operator training required by industry standards worldwide that could enhance safe work practices on aerial job sites.” Boasting a robust configuration with simple parts, the Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm design provides excellent visibility of the control panel and aerial job site for the operator, not interfering with machine operation.
This new design includes an additional freemovement zone between the cable and the control panel that may allow for operator mobility once the system is activated. “Unlike other devices on the market, the Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system could reduce the risk of operators applying unintentional contact pressure on the boom’s control panel,” adds Ely.
The Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system is available installed standard from the factory or as an aftermarket kit, which can easily be installed in less than 30 minutes with only a few fasteners and electrical harness connectors. It fits on platforms in the Genie Z- and S-boom families and can be retrofitted on units dating back to 2003. This accessory is not yet available on Genie Z-33/18 articulated boom lif ts or Genie TZ-34 and TZ-50 trailer-mounted booms. The Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system will be available in June 2017 and will be on display at HIRE17 Conference (10-11 May) in Sydney.