Safety

Big Changes, Little Changes Are Coming

In addition to the terminology and language changes in the new ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards, which are projected to go into effect toward the middle of 2018, the standards also include several big changes to the equipment itself. New features, such as Platform Load Sense and Dynamic Terrain Sensing, will be incorporated into…

OSHA Set to Increase Fines, Inspections – How Does It Affect Your Rental Business?

For the first time in 25 years, fines levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will increase, under a provision in the new budget deal President Obama signed into law on November 2, 2015. Since the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, OSHA was exempted from increasing its penalties to account for…

What’s that Decal Say?

Equipment decals: The cool, informative and potentially life-saving ink found on all aerial work platforms. They aren’t just positioned haphazardly all over the machine, and they aren’t there just to look pretty. Like your buddy’s ink, they have meaning, and the placement of equipment decals is carefully considered and critical to proper machine operation and…

Changes to the ANSI and CSA Standards You Need to Know About

The current ANSI and CSA standards for safe use and training have not been updated for many years (the current ANSI boom, scissor lift and manually propelled standards were last updated in 2006, and CSA standards go back even further). Now in an effort to align more with an international standard (ISO 16368), ANSI and…

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National Safety Stand-Down 2017: Tips for Inspecting Your Booms for Maintenance Parts

We know keeping your equipment up and running on the job is at the utmost importance for your business. Uptime is what keeps your equipment in the field and out of the shop. Proper upkeep and maintenance is also critical to keeping your customers and equipment safe when working in the field. To keep your…

National Safety Stand-Down 2017: What are the Inspection Requirements for Aerial Work Platforms?

Performing equipment inspections is essential for ensuring the safety and productivity of any piece of aerial work platform equipment. One of the challenges lift equipment owners face is knowing how often to perform inspections on their aerial work platforms. ANSI standards state that routine inspections should be performed frequently, as well as annually. Here’s a…

National Safety Stand-Down 2017: The Importance of Performing Inspections and Functions Tests Before you Begin Your Workday

Performing inspections and function tests is a crucial part of safe work practices when operating any aerial work platform equipment. These tasks must be done according to the manufacturer’s instructions found in their manual(s), by a qualified operator. For example, Genie operator’s manuals contain specific, detailed instructions on how to perform any inspections and tests…

National Safety Stand-Down 2017: 10 Tips for Safely Operating Telehandlers on the Jobsite

A telehandler is one of the most frequently used tools, and most versatile pieces of equipment on a jobsite. This machine’s true value is in its multi-purpose capabilities — whether you need to lift, move and/or place materials, it is an ideal choice because it provides all-around utility to answer more than one work site…

National Safety Stand-Down 2017: 10 Safety Tips for Operating Aerial Work Platforms on the Jobsite

At Genie, our number one priority is to provide safe, productive aerial work platforms for our customers. Once the equipment is in the field, operators must follow the prescribed operating practices outlined in our manufacturer’s recommended guidelines to keep the equipment working safely and productively. The best way to reduce the risk of incidents from…

Fleet Reconditioning

Today’s business climate demands that you carefully consider how best to manage your fleet to maximize the rental return on invested capital (rROIC). To extend the opportunities with the machines you already own, consider fleet reconditioning.   What is fleet reconditioning? Fleet reconditioning is a service offered to extend the service life and the value…

Language and Terminology Changes in the Pending ANSI A92 and CSA B354 Standards Updates

ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards are about to get a facelift. Pending standards changes, which are estimated to go into effect in late 2017, are written to be more in line with the ISO model so standards will be in global alignment for trade and exporting. When considering the standards changes, key industry stakeholders…

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Updated Cable Replacement Protocol for Genie® Boom Lifts

With rental equipment constantly going out and coming in, less time in the shop translates to more time out on rent. To help fleet owners save money and simplify maintenance procedures, Genie has revised its protocol for cable replacement on its cable-operated telescopic booms — the Genie® S™-60/S-65, S-80/S-85, S-100/S-125, SX-135 XC™, SX-150 and SX-180…

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Managing the Age of Your Equipment Fleet

Rental fleet managers work hard to find the precise balance between a machine’s age, hours, maintenance and depreciation expenses to determine the optimum time to retire or replace a machine. The process is influenced by the economy, the number of construction projects currently happening and the opportunities to increase the rental store’s profits.   From…

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How are ANSI Standards for Aerial Work Platforms Enforced by OSHA?

With increases in OSHA penalties, as well as conducting more inspections to identify violations of its policies and impose the new fines, a question many in the aerial rental market are asking is: How are ANSI standards enforced by OSHA? ANSI standards and OSHA regulations are often confused because they generally address the same issues.…

How Industry Regulations and Standards Work

With the pending changes to ANSI 92* and CSA B354 standards, there is a need for education in the aerial market about the implications of the new standards, as well as how they will work with current industry regulations. For four decades, the current ANSI standards have provided requirements for safe, reliable access to work…

Follow Special Precautions to Exit a Boom Platform at Height

Articulated and telescopic booms are designed to allow operators to work at varying heights while remaining inside the platform. According to the Genie Operator’s Manual for booms, the operator should never enter or exit the platform unless the machine is in the stowed position and the platform is at ground level. With that said, there…

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Start Preparing Now for the New Aerial Standards Coming in 2017

  With Tier 4 emissions standards compliance underway, we now need to turn our attention to the next “big thing” to impact the aerial rental market — pending changes to the ANSI A92/CSA B354 standards series* (which cover all North American aerials). These new standards will go into effect soon, and our industry as a…

Aerial Work Platform Accessories

Aerial work platform accessories Genie options and accessories allow operators to do their jobs more efficiently and help provide an additional level of safety to their work environment. Here’s a rundown of what accessories are available for our booms and scissor lifts. Boom Accessories Pipe Cradle (Part Number: 85300) Pipe cradles reduce the risk of…

Big Changes Coming to ANSI A92 Standards

Tier 4 final emissions standards have already driven large disruptions in aerial rental, but pending changes to the ANSI A92/CSA B354 standards series* (which covers all North American aerials), be on the lookout for these standards to have an even greater impact in the years to come. The new standards are based on an ISO…