Genie last week announced it will introduce a new Operator Protective Structure at the Intermat show in Paris, April 16-21. The new Genie OPS prototype is an optional device for installation on articulating or telescopic boomlifts and provides secondary protection for operators in the event of contact with an overhead obstacle in certain applications.
“We are aware of incidents where operators made contact with overhead obstacles while operating aerials,” said Scott Krieger, senior product manager, Genie booms and telehandlers. “Ultimately, the operator in conjunction with the worksite supervisor is responsible for identifying and avoiding overhead obstacles. But as a secondary measure, we are working both independently and with various partners to provide protective solutions for a variety of worksite conditions.”
Based on the concepts of other SAE operator protective standards, the Genie OPS can be attached to boomlifts with 6- to 8-foot platforms and allows for excellent visibility. The tubular steel structure is designed to transfer the kinetic energy into surrounding structures while maintaining a protected area for the operator. It weighs 36 pounds and is bolted directly on the boomlift’s platform; no modifications are needed.
Also on display at the Terex booth at Intermat will be “SkySiren,” a solution developed by Lavendon, as well as the “Sanctuary Rails” prototype by AFI. Genie is currently reviewing both prototypes and has approved their installation on Genie boomlifts.
The new OPS prototype may be viewed at stand E5 C002.
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