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19.12.2013

Skyjack launches secondary guarding systems

Skyjack has announced two secondary guarding/ crush-protection options for its range of boom lifts.

The two alternatives are the SG-M mechanical system, featuring a light weight protective steel structure/ crash bars similar in principal to the AFI Sancturary Zone or Genie’s Operator Protective Structure, in that it physically protects the operator from being pressed against the controls.
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Skyjack's SG-M secondary guarding system


And the SG-E electronic system, featuring a sensor bar that, when pushed, instantly stops all machine functions and initiates a siren and high intensity flashing beacon. If the bar is released within a second, the siren and beacon will cease, and the selected function will return. If pressure is applied for more than a second, they will continue to operate and the engine will stop, halting all functions until the machine is reset.
The machine’s emergency controls can still be operated to bring the platform down in the normal manner. If the system is accidentally activated by the operator, it can be easily reset using an illuminated push button on the control box.
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The Skyjack SG-E secondary guarding system


Skyjack developed the two alternatives in close co-operation with UK based Select Plant Hire, the rental/equipment division of major contractor Laing O’Rourke, which recently purchased more than 250 Skyjack platforms, including a number of the manufacturer’s 46 and 63ft articulated boom lifts.

Both the SG-E and SG-M devices can be fitted on new Skyjack booms or retrofitted to models manufactured since 2006. They can be either factory fitted or supplied as a kit. Once fitted, neither system impairs operator visibility, platform space or access to the work area. Both require minimum maintenance.

David Hall, Skyjack product manager Europe said: “We understand that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution when it comes to such precautions. Our telescopic and articulating booms are designed with a range of safety features, in accordance with regulatory requirements. However, we recognize that this new measure, although not mandatory, has a role to play."

"The UK government’s Health and Safety Executive has welcomed secondary guarding but has also noted that no one system is appropriate for all job functions. We agree, and by offering a choice of options it broadens the appeal of secondary guarding to a wider range of customers, who may consider it a worthwhile investment.”

Tom Barrow, Select Plant’s specialist product manager added: “Select Plant’s Powered Access Division was keen to work through a solution for secondary guarding systems with Skyjack to bring the company’s articulating boom range into our own fleet. Select has always been at the forefront of product safety solutions and this is the driver that helped us push through, in partnership, a solution to secondary guarding on Skyjack products."

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