Transporting Genie® Booms
by Jason Berry - Product Safety ManagerSr. Product Safety Manager On Feb 18, 2021, 03:00 AM
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Transporting a large piece of aerial equipment can be a challenge, and safety is the key ingredient. Ask any shipping or logistics expert, and you’ll hear stories of shipping feats they’ve accomplished. But, how does this apply to boom lifts? What steps must you take to fulfill safety and efficiency needs?
Before we outline the 3-step process to follow, there are prerequisites to note. Always refer to the model-specific Genie® Operator’s Manual for full transport instructions prior to transporting a boom. When possible, transport the boom with the platform floor horizontal to the transport trailer bed. Select booms and trailer combinations do not accommodate this orientation due to length, in which case you must follow the Operators Manual for positioning and securing the platform.
Prior to transport, also make sure the boom has the current software installed. This is available at https://www.genielift.com/en-gb/support/firmware.
Now, onto the three steps:
Step 1: Securing to Truck or Trailer for Transit
Always use the turntable rotation lock pin each time the machine is transported
Turn the key switch to the off position, and remove the key before transporting
Inspect the entire machine for loose or unsecured items
Step 2: Securing the Platform
Make sure the jib and platform are in the stowed position
Secure the platform with a nylon strap placed parallel to the strap guides. Do not use excessive downward force when securing the boom section
Support the platform support, opposite the nylon strap, with a force absorbing chalk such as foam, rubber or wood
Step 3: Securing the Chassis
Use chains of ample load capacity
Use a minimum of six chains
Adjust the rigging to prevent damage to the chains
For a diagram, refer to the Lifting Instructions in the Operator’s Manual
But wait, there’s more: An additional notice from the Genie Safe Use Plan Guidance states:
When a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) is loaded or unloaded from a transport vehicle on a public road, the users and operators must ensure that appropriate measures are taken to protect everyone in or near the area. These measures may include, but are not limited to:
Warning cones or hazard tape
Signs and signal personnel wearing reflective clothing
Flag personnel to warn people and other vehicles of the vehicle’s presence.
This is only an overview. Additional information can be found in the ISO 18893:2014 Standards (Mobile elevating work platforms— Safety principles, inspection, maintenance and operation - Section 6.8.3 - Transporting and travelling on public roads).
We encourage you to purchase a copy of the standards and read them in their entirety prior to developing your Safe Use Plan. The ISO 18893:2014 Standards can be purchased at https://www.iso.org/standard/59976.html?browse=tc.