Providing our customers with machines that set the highest standards of safety in the access hire market is a number one priority for Hird.
That is why Hird has been delighted to invest in the latest Genie boom lifts (also known as cherry pickers), fitted with the new Genie Lift Guard™ Contact Alarm system as standard.
As a market leader in the mobile elevated working platform (MEWP) market, Genie continuously strives to be at the cutting edge of safety innovation – and the Lift Guard™ is the latest example.
Genie refers to it as the “first in a new generation of innovative accessories” to promote operator safety.
The Genie® Lift Guard™ Contact Alarm is engineered to be an electronic secondary guarding system that alerts work colleagues that an operator may need help.
The system is triggered when an operator disconnects an activation cable located near the platform control panel.
When the breakaway cable is triggered, the actuator is pulled out of the switch socket, disabling the platform’s lift and drive functions. The machine horn sounds and lights flash, alerting others that assistance may be needed. These actions continue until the system is reset.
An important feature of the new system is a “free-movement zone” between the activation cable and the platform control panel.
This may allow for operator to retain mobility once the system is activated, allowing them to reset the system or remove themselves from the hazard, eliminating risk of injury.
Genie says its Lift Guard™ Contact Alarm system could reduce the risk of operators applying unintentional contact pressure on the boom’s control panel.
Hird Managing Director Phil Hird said: “Genie boom lifts have always combined big operational benefits, in terms of ease of operation, reliability, and lift and reach capability with excellent safety features.
“Now the Genie® Lift Guard™ Contact Alarm system on our new Genie booms takes that combination to another level. Our customers are saying they’re pleased to see the commitment shown to operator safety.”
The safety system is fitted as standard on new access booms across five models now available in the Hird access hire fleet.
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The machines are available for hire nationally via Hird’s three regional operating centres. Accredited IPAF training is also available, along with options to hire or buy a range of lifting accessories, if needed.
Northern 01482 227333
Central 01302 341659
Southern 0203 174 0658