Most automotive repair shops and facilities use a vehicle lifting system to make accurate and effective inspections and repairs. Whether it is a small shop specializing in quick oil changes or a full-service repair shop that works on large, heavy-duty vehicles, every facility should put the right safety measures in place to reduce the risk of injury or accidents occurring. When it comes to complex and potentially dangerous machinery such as automotive lifts, proper training is required, as well as full awareness of technician responsibilities regarding auto lift operation and maintenance. Car lifts, truck lifts, bus lifts and other vehicle lifts should also have the proper certification in order to verify that the system is safe for use. Below, learn more about how to keep a repair shop safe with automotive lift safety tips.
When operating automotive lifts, the proper training is necessary to understand the types of lifts and how each lift works. Lifting a vehicle off the ground presents a great deal of risks and hazards, and the inability to operate the machinery correctly and respond appropriately should an accident occur could lead to serious damage and injury. There are several different types of lifts, each that moves a different way for different purposes. By understanding how each type of lift raises and lowers vehicles, technicians know which lift to use for servicing certain types of vehicles correctly, as well as which areas to keep clear when operating the lift. Technicians must also understand the proper lifting points and vehicle position to ensure safety in the shop.
Operator and Technician Responsibilities:
Besides receiving the proper training before operating automotive lifts, repair shop technicians must also be constantly alert and aware of their surroundings. Before raising or lowering a vehicle, technicians should be aware of any loose items that may fall and cause injury, or any tools, equipment or people in the area that may be at risk while the automotive lift is in use. If a technician notices that the lift is not working properly, the problem should be reported to the supervisor or shop manager immediately to ensure the lift receives proper repairs. Operators, technicians and other shop workers should always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment, such as hard hats, safety goggles and coveralls, to reduce the risk of injury.
Standards and Certifications:
Complying with industry standards and receiving the right certification for a shop lift verifies that a lift is properly maintained and safe for use. Automotive lifts should meet the mechanical and electrical safety standards as recognized by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI).