Vehicles in and of themselves can be dangerous, whether they’re mobile or not. Now, imagine something that can effortlessly lift a car, truck or even a bus off the ground and suspend it in the air so that the undercarriage can be worked on… wouldn’t logic imply that this contraption is even more dangerous? Absolutely!
A vehicle lift in Georgia is no joke as far as safety is involved: if you misuse or improperly handle a vehicle lift—especially while it’s supporting a vehicle—the consequences could be disastrous and deadly. In order to avoid problems and mitigate the likeliness of any occurring, it’s important to be up to date and knowledgeable regarding the proper operational protocol of a lift.
Take a look at some of the safety tips you should always keep in mind when operating a vehicle lift in Georgia, as well as some of the essential maintenance items required to keep a lift in quality condition:
- Your lift always needs to have at least an annual inspection by a qualified professional, if not a semi-annual inspection. Your lift should be assessed from top to bottom and thoroughly tested to make sure there are no operational concerns and that everything is in proper working order.
- Anyone operating a vehicle lift should go through comprehensive and complete training before they’re allowed to operate it fully. This includes operation with another trained person supervising for a period that allows them to get familiar with the equipment and how it works.
- An emergency plan should always be in place to deal with malfunctions or mishaps with a vehicle lift—one that removes everyone from harm’s way and deals with the impending situation in a way that causes the least amount of damage or creates the least amount of risk.
- If your lift requires replacement parts or components, they must be verified by the manufacturer of the lift or an accredited third-party OEM manufacturer. This will ensure that you’re not purchasing and relying on parts that are of a lesser grade or sub-par quality, which can cause malfunctions.
- Make sure you’re staying up to date on proper lifting guidelines as they apply to new vehicles. With each new year comes a flock of new vehicle makes and models, which means new lifting points on each vehicle and new techniques designed to prevent accident or injury.
- Always remember the basics of operating a vehicle lift in Georgia, because the basics save lives. Don’t use the lift when there’s anyone under it, always wait for the lift to come to a complete stop before walking away from the controls, be sure the lifted vehicle is secure in place, etc. These basics will be the foundation of any lift training course.
When you think about it, owning and operating a vehicle lift comes with a tremendous responsibility—make sure you’re taking this responsibility completely seriously when it comes to safety. And, if you’re ever in need of a professional to show you the ropes or help you maintain the stability of your lift and its operation, don’t hesitate to call Valley Hotsy today!