Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - 4

SAFETY & BEST PRACTICES

Know your lift
Techs who get to know the lifts they use regularly are more
likely to notice the first signs of trouble, keeping themselves and
all who use the lifts safer.
By Buck Gasner

I

've been in the vehicle lift industry
for more than 20 years and have seen
first-hand how industry standards
and manufacturing processes have
changed over time. One thing that hasn't
changed, however, is the importance of
lift safety.
When my fellow Automotive Lift
Institute (ALI) Certified Lift Inspectors
and I are out inspecting vehicle lifts,
we are seeing lift owners and operators
being more proactive when it comes to
improving service bay safety. They are
recognizing how a strong safety program

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can help protect their people, equipment,
and the sustainability of their businesses.

Lift inspections

Lift inspections can help keep technicians safe and may identify minor issues
before they grow into more dangerous
ones. Inspections can also help shops reduce potential downtime or the cost of
a lift replacement. ANSI/ALI ALOIM,
the national safety standard covering lift
operation, inspection, and maintenance,
mandates that all vehicle lifts be inspected
at least annually by a qualified lift inspec-

To improve bay safety,
technicians should get to
know their lifts by truly paying
attention to potential safety
hazards or damage to the lift and
its accessories. For example, it
is important to check lift contact
points, such as lifting pads, to
make sure they are free of debris,
grease, oil, and anything else
that may prevent solid contact.
Adapters in the condition shown
here should not be used.
Photo courtesy of ALI



Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement

Welcome
Know your lift
How to choose the right lift for your shop
10 steps to promote lift safety in shops
Selecting proper two-post lift accessories
Pathway to purchase
Equipment reviews
Products
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - 1
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - 2
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - Welcome
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - Know your lift
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - 5
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - How to choose the right lift for your shop
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - 10 steps to promote lift safety in shops
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Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - Selecting proper two-post lift accessories
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - Pathway to purchase
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - Equipment reviews
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Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - Products
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