Snorkel Guard Now Standard on New Boom Lifts over 40 Ft. | Construction News


Snorkel, a global manufacturer of aerial work platforms, now installs its Snorkel Guard secondary guarding system on all new Snorkel boom lifts that have platform heights of 40 ft. (12.1 m) or more.

The change took effect Sept. 1, 2015.

Snorkel unveiled Snorkel Guard at The Rental Show 2015, in February of this year.

Designed in house by Snorkel’s engineering team, the simple, mechanical system features a spring-loaded rail that sits above the upper control panel and cuts out machine operations when compressed, for example, in the case of the operator being involuntarily pushed against the controls. 

The operator can override Snorkel Guard using a switch in the platform, in the event that the system is activated in error.  Additionally, when Snorkel Guard is activated, the lift can be operated from the lower control panel.

Snorkel Guard has undergone extensive field-testing and has already received high praise from a major global contractor, who favors the simplicity of Snorkel’s design over other more complex systems on the market.

Matthew Elvin, Snorkel CEO, said “Snorkel Guard is a robust and simple design which does not add any complexity to the lift, yet offers an additional level of protection for the operator.  Operator safety is paramount, which is why we have rolled out the system as a standard feature globally, as well as offering it as a retrofit solution.”

In addition to equipping new-built boom lifts that have platform heights of 40 ft. (12.1m) or more with Snorkel Guard, Snorkel also sells the system for easy retrofitting to most Snorkel booms in the field. 

Available globally, the retrofit kit can be ordered via Snorkel Customer Services or official Snorkel distributors. 

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