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Safety in the use of two-post vehicle lifts

A warning has been sent for those Enforcing Authorities (HSE and LAs) concerning the risk of vehicle falling off two-post lifts whose arm locking systems are broken or have stopped working. function. This advice comes in the wake of two incidents, one fatal and one that was extremely grave, in which vehicles that fell off this kind of lift struck mechanics below.

The MVR Forum agreed with the representatives from MVR industry representatives MVR industry, via the MVR Forum, that arm locking systems should be installed to all lifts. So, any 2 post lift that does not have arm locking ought to be taken out of use or removed from the market.

The design, installation, and maintenance of locking mechanisms for arm continue to be a source of concern in the latest equipment. Two-post lifts manufactured by China have been discovered to have a locking mechanism is inadequately designed and has failed to function from the moment of installation or after the first few hours of usage.

This guideline stresses the importance of routine inspections of the locking mechanisms and other vital components of lifts with two posts. This includes:

Inspecting that the rubber support arm mounts are in serviceable in good

Verifying you are sure that arm lock function properly

ensuring that all controls are operating

Pick-up plate that can be adjusted and rubber mounting pad

Pad extension

Telescoping arm

Arm-locking mechanism

Additionally, there are a number of fundamental safety precautions you must follow when operating 2-post lifts.

Make sure you adhere to the lift’s manufacturer’s guidelines on the capabilities limits of the lift specifically its weight limitations and whether it’s compatible with larger cars (dimensions as well as stability)

You must determine the appropriate jacking/lifting point for you vehicle (check the manual for the user of your vehicle for the correct jacking/lifting points, if needed)

Make sure that you have the lift arms placed at the proper points of jacking and lifting for the vehicle.

take into consideration the car’s weight distribution particularly, if heavy parts (eg the gearbox or engine) remove from the car with the help of force (eg the force of removing rusted bolts) that could impact the stability of the vehicle being lifted.

Lift the vehicle for a short distance to ensure that the arms are secured with the help of a force and that the pads are properly placed, prior to fully raising the vehicle.

We’ve also received numerous reports of lifts collapsing due to from anchor bolts ripping out of concrete that is weak. Lift installers must be skilled and flooring should be strong enough. If there isn’t any proof of the flooring’s specifications then a set of test holes might require to be made and an experts’ opinions obtained. One way that businesses can be sure that a lift has been put in properly is to use installers who have been certified.