The new Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system offers a contemporary accessory that can, in some circumstances, provide additional operator protection. The Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm is engineered as an electronic secondary guarding system, designed to immediately activate and alert others that the operator may need help. This new accessory is configured as a standard accessory on most new Genie Z (articulated) and S (telescopic) boom lifts. It is active whenever the footswitch on the boom is enabled. The system is only functional when the footswitch is depressed, and motion does not resume without human intervention. All notifications and function restrictions will continue until the system is reset by clicking the activation cable back into place; there is no need to restart the engine or cycle e-stop power to resume machine functionality. The machine can be operated from the ground, if necessary. The Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system is now available in North America. It will be available globally in Q2, 2017.