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Tips for Using Battery-Powered Machines in Cold Environments

Many customers ask: “Can I use my Genie® battery-powered aerial in cold environments, like food processing facilities, cold storage units or in cold climates?”   The answer is: Yes, many Genie battery-powered machines can be safely and productively used in cold environments with a few simple steps: Review the Genie Service or Maintenance Manual for…

Why There Are Wind Speed Ratings on Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

-There are specific hazards associated with operating Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). Many of these hazards are already identified by the manufacturer and listed in the Operator’s Manual for each model. One of the identified hazards is machine tip-over, and wind speed can be a contributing factor (except for indoor-only rated machines).   All outdoor-rated…

Benefits of Having a Rear Proximity Alarm on your Telehandler

Beep… beep… It’s a familiar sound on any construction site meant to warn others that a piece of construction equipment is backing up. A standard feature that has been installed on telehandlers for more than a decade, back-up-alarms help surrounding bystanders and personnel with identifying when a telehandler is going to reverse direction. With the…

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…

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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: 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…

Maintenance Tips for Your Tier 4 Final Aerial Work Platforms

After decades of preparation, aerials with Tier 4 Final engines are beginning to find their way into your rental fleets. As you probably know, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlined a tiered series of emissions regulations for off-road engines in equipment in the mid-1990’s. Tier 4 Final (T4F) is the culmination of the EPA’s mandate,…

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.…

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…

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…

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…