Top 10 vehicle lift safety tips (with related video)
Since no piece of vehicle service equipment is used on a daily basis more frequently than a vehicle lift, proper lift safety practices are crucial. That’s why lift manufacturer Rotary Lift has put together a list of safety tips for lift buyers and operators.
“With 90 years of experience under our collective belt, we know a lot about lift safety,” says David Fischmer, marketing director for Rotary Lift parent company Vehicle Service Group (VSG). “To help our customers maximize their lift performance while staying safe, we’ve put together these top 10 lift safety tips.”
1. Take the Automotive Lift Institute’s (ALI) online Lifting It Right course. Once purchased, technicians can complete this lift safety training class online at any time within 90 days.
2. Train every technician on the proper operation of all the lifts in your facility.
3. Perform daily safety inspections before using any lift.
4. Have your lifts inspected annually by an ALI Certified Lift Inspector. Find a local inspector at the ALI site.
5. When buying a new lift, always look for the gold ALI lift certification label. It’s proof that the lift has been independently tested and ALI-certified to meet industry safety and performance standards.
6. Make sure the lift’s locks are engaged before starting vehicle service.
7. Always match the vehicle and job to be performed with the appropriate lift.
8. Use jack stands when removing heavy components. Removing heavy parts can cause the vehicle’s center of gravity to shift and may make it unstable.
9. Use a wheel lift to prevent back strain when removing and installing heavy wheels.
10. Insist on OEM replacement parts when maintaining your lift.
To learn more about Rotary Lift heavy-duty lifts, visit the Rotary Lift site.
In the video, see how LockLight by Rotary Lift provides peace of mind that lifts are compliant with an instant Green Light confirmation every time locks are properly engaged.