Genie tool helps contractors calculate capacity

Genie interactive tool

Terex Aerial Work Platforms is participating in OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction by introducing a new Genie interactive tool.

The new tool calculates aerial lifts current capacity limits to help educate customers on how the new technology will impact equipment safe use and productivity.

Changes to ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards in North America are coming within the next year, and one of the more significant equipment changes is the addition of platform load sensing technology.

Because Genie Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs), formerly known as Aerial Work Platforms, are manufactured in compliance with the most current standards, it is important for contractors to understand how new aerial lifts, including Genie articulating and telescoping boom lifts, scissor lifts and low-level access lifts, will operate under the updated standards.

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“The purpose of OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down is to raise awareness of work at height best practices in construction applications. Safety is at the core of the Genie culture,” says Marie Engstrom, Genie Product Manager, Terex AWP, “and by participating in the OSHA National Safety Stand-Down efforts, we can continue to increase our customers’ awareness about the proper use of aerial equipment on the jobsite.

“Our goal at Genie with this new interactive tool is to educate rental companies and end users of the ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards update that mandate equipment be equipped with platform load sense technology,” adds Engstrom.

Genie tool offers material selection

The new Genie interactive tool provides site visitors the opportunity to choose different materials, attachments and operators of various sizes to “place” into and on the virtual boom platform. The interactive then calculates the weight of materials, attachments and operators. If the load capacity of platform exceeds the machine’s rated capacity, the virtual boom lift will not lift the load, highlighting how new industry-mandated platform load sense technology will disable machine function if the load is above the platform load limit. If the load capacity of the platform is within the machine’s rated capacity, the virtual boom lift will be available to operate within its operating envelope.

“Our new interactive tool offers a visual representation of how boom lift platforms can be loaded to reach capacity,” Engstrom said. “It is another way that we at Genie are working to call attention to the updates in the North American standards and educate customers on how boom lifts equipped with the new platform load sense technology will operate.”

For more information on OSHA’s Safety Stand-Down efforts, click here.

To access the Genie interactive tool, as well as to gain more information on Genie Xtra Capacity boom lifts, visit www.genielift.com/xc.