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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…

Case Study: Genie Partners with WWCC to Proactively Train New Service Technicians

According to upcoming changes to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA), only a qualified person should inspect and maintain mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. The need for properly trained service technicians who are qualified to work on aerial equipment continues to increase. The industry…

Evolution of Aerial Safety and Training Programs

By Bob Bartley – Senior Director, Product Support and Reconditioning When I started working in a rental yard on aerial equipment in May of 1976, today’s training and safety programs didn’t exist yet because the industry wasn’t very big at the time. Manufacturers like Genie provided a manual with the equipment you bought — if…

The Importance of Technician Training Programs

Training in the aerial industry is very important — operator safety is the number one priority each and every time someone gets into a piece of aerial equipment. I don’t say this for dramatic effect, I say it because it’s true. Equipment operators depend on the aerial lift to work and function properly and safely…

National Safety Stand-Down: Rental Ready

Kicking the tires and lighting the fires isn’t enough A piece of equipment just returned off a rental contract and is scheduled to quickly return to the field. Before it does, it must be thoroughly inspected before the next rental. Every time…no matter how long the last rental contract…no matter the length of the next…

National Safety Stand-Down: What is the difference between “familiarization” and “general training?”

One of the most frequently asked questions we get in the training department at Genie is “what is the different between ‘familiarization’ and ‘general training’ for aerial work platforms?” The answer to this question is two-fold. First, it is important to understand the difference in definition, and second, it is important to know the difference…