Training

Preparing for Platform Load Sense

Changes to ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards are coming; we expect to the standards to be finalized by the end of 2016 and go into effect in late 2017. One of the more significant equipment changes coming from the updated standards will be the addition of platform load sense. Because Genie® Mobile Elevated Work…

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…

Frequently Asked Questions About the Upcoming ANSI/CSA Standards Changes

With the pending changes to the ANSI A92 and CSA B354 estimated to go into effect in late 2017, it is important for you to start preparing your business and your customers now for what will be different. We are also preparing for these standards changes, and as we are out in the field talking…

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…

Aerial Pros

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…

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…

Direct AC Drive Puts You in Control

Ever wonder why some electric booms perform differently as compared to hydraulically driven diesel units? The short answer is the limitations of DC drive systems. Conventional DC motors with brushes offer limited speed range, forcing low gear ratios and high motor torques. They are also slow to reverse torque, since the field of polarity has…

SX-135 XC

What to Consider Before You Add New Equipment to Your Fleet

Investing in new product categories, or extending the size range of your current fleet of equipment, is a great way to expand your business’s reach with existing and new customers. A new piece of equipment that differentiates you from your competitors can quickly increase your revenues and grow your business. However, if you add a…

GTH1544

What You Need to Know About the ANSI/ITSDF B56.6 Revision

In May 2016, the US safety standard for Rough Terrain Forklifts, ANSI/ITSDF B56.6, was revised. As this standard is also referenced in the Canadian standard CSA B335, effectively this revision affects all North American manufacturers, owners, users and operators of Rough Terrain Forklifts. It’s important to understand these changes as they relate to your rental…

Arctic Blast – Prep Your Rental Fleet for Winter’s Subfreezing Temperatures

For the northern two-thirds of the U.S. and Canada, November signals the beginning of the season where some special steps must be taken to prepare the equipment for cold-weather work. When the snow flies, construction activity slows, but it doesn’t stop. Contractors depend on rental companies to have reliable equipment field-ready, so they can complete…

The Importance of Preventive Maintenance

In theory, everyone knows that preventive maintenance is the key to keeping equipment running at peak efficiency and to getting a better return on invested capital (ROIC). But in practice, preventive maintenance routines are often postponed, or even neglected, in order to increase rental opportunities. *-The reality is that performing routine maintenance tasks can save…

Scissor Lift Tires

Tire Talk: Inspection and Replacement Tips for Aerial Work Platform Tires

A lot is riding on your aerial work platform (AWP) tires. They are the vital link between the machine and the ground providing the traction, stability, flotation and machine control required for operating safely. Tires get you to where you want to go, both non-marking that leave no traces behind and treaded to traverse rough…

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…

Envelope Control for Aerial Work Platforms

Envelope-controlled aerial work platforms are growing in popularity in the rental market because they have enabled the equipment to achieve greater heights. If you’re new to envelope-controlled machines, there are a few basic things you need to understand. What is Envelope Control? Envelope control systems are developed with a calibration process to assure the machine’s…

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…

Invest in a Good Sales Team

No matter if you are a large or small rental house, public or private company, when you are reviewing your return on invested capital (ROIC) you have the same cost-of-ownership considerations as the competition: Price, freight, availability, maintenance and repair costs, to name a few. What really influences your ROIC, though, is how you differentiate…

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…