Genie increases safety around scissor lifts


Genie has developed a system that can increase safety for those working on and around scissor lifts.

The Lift Guard contact alarm prototype for slab scissor and vertical mast lifts alerts operators, occupants and ground personnel to potential hazards when working at height.

Available across the entire range of Genie scissor lifts and vertical masts, the new system was unveiled during OSHA National Safety-Stand Down week, May 7-11.

The electronic secondary guarding solution is designed to activate an alarm when an obstruction makes contact with an activation whisker mounted to the lift’s platform guardrails.

“Operator safety and productivity are key considerations in the Genie design process,” said Michael Flanagan, Genie product manager. “The goal of OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down is to raise awareness of best practices for working safely at height. The system is designed to supplement a trained operator’s situational awareness and provide a secondary layer of guarding while working at height. Showing this prototype during OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down week gave us the opportunity to engage with customers and end users, gaining feedback from them so we can tailor our future protective solution offerings to best meet their needs and expectations.”

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