DID YOU KNOW??
- Lift safety regulations
have recently changed.
- Lift operators should be
properly trained by qualified personnel.
- The Occupational Health
and Safety Act requires all lifting equipment to be
inspected annually. The Ministry of Labor has hired
hundreds of inspectors over the recent years to ensure
everyone is in compliance.
- If the service provider
you hire does not have proper liability insurance and
WSIB, there could be exposure to your company for
injuries and/or damage.
- Canadian Automotive
Service Equipment (CASE) is here to help you with
your automotive lifting, collision and wheel service
- Canadian Automotive
Service Equipment (CASE) performs Annual Safety
Inspections, Repairs, and Operator Training
Example of Improper Use
take the lift for granted
By Alan Vigneux
Safety is an important
consideration for everyone. The problem is the more
familiar we become with equipment or a task, the less
time we take to evaluate the associated dangers.
Technicians need to consider
this when it comes to using a lift. Training in safe
use, preventative maintenance and visual inspections are
critical to keep this large tool safe.
Contrary to common belief,
automotive technicians are generally not well trained in
the use of a lift. All lifts are not the same. They have
different features, controls, and operating systems.
Technicians need to read the
manual for the hoist they are using, and lift owners
must make sure the information is readily available to
them. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure the
technician is properly trained.
The most common error that
results in personal injury or property damage is the
improper spotting of the vehicle on two-post
above-ground hoists. It has to be done so the weight
distribution is correct and the adapters are making
stable contact with the vehicle lifting points.
Other common errors are
overriding safety devices and absent or non-functioning
The Automotive Lift
Institute (ALI) reported in 1999 that approximately 85
per cent of accidents are caused by operator
carelessness. Ten per cent are due to hoist failure,
while five per cent are caused by improper installation
and unsafe floors.
It is reasonable to expect
shop owners or technicians to visually inspect their
hoists every day. A quick walk around and they will be
able to spot worn parts such as adapters and chains,
leaking fluid, or deteriorating structures.
ALI supplies the Lifting It
Right safety manual and its companion video, as well as
the Lifting Point Guide, the Safety Tips card, and the
Operations Inspection and Maintenance Standard.
Your lift should be
inspected annually. Proper lift inspections take time.
Make sure you hire a company that thoroughly inspects
your lift. Reliable companies will provide you with the
documentation required by the various provincial
authorities and be able to provide training.
Alan Vigneux is the President of ISN
Canada Group Inc., Ontario Division. He has over 25
years of experience in commercial construction and