New guarding options from Skyjack
By Sarah Ann McCay19 December 2013
Skyjack has launched two secondary guarding options, which can be fitted to its new products or retrofitted to existing fleet manufactured in 2006 or after.
The Skyjack SG-M system features a low-weight protective steel structure that is designed to reduce the possibility of the operator being held against the controls in the event of unintended contact with an obstruction.
The SG-E also offers a sensor bar that, when pushed, instantly stops all functions and initiates an audible siren and high-intensity flashing beacon. If the bar is released within one second, the siren and beacon will cease, and the selected function will return. If pressure is applied for more than one second, the siren and beacon will continue to activate and the engine will stop, halting all functions until reset.
“We understand that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution when it comes to such precautions,” said David Hall, Skyjack product manager Europe. “However, we recognise that this new measure, although not mandatory, has a role to play. The UK government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has welcomed secondary guarding but has also noted that no one system is appropriate for all job functions. 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.”
Skyjack worked closely with UK rental firm Select Plant Hire to get industry insight in designing the two secondary guarding options. Select Plant Hire also provided an arena for testing the systems in the field.