In light of a recent court ruling against an Ontario dealership whose workers were injured under a faulty hoist, the Automotive Lift Institute is reminding shops to take safety seriously.
ALI president Bob O’Gorman said, lifts should be fully inspected at least once a year, and all technicians should be re-trained on safe operation of automotive hoists.
“Technicians, check your lift every day. If something isn’t right, don’t take a risk,” he said. “Report it immediately to your supervisor. After all, your safety is riding on it.”
Commenting on the case of Lake Shore Motors in Kirkland Lake, Ont., which was fined $56,250 in connection with a workplace injury in February 2017, O’Gorman said safety should be every repair shop employee’s top priority.
“This case is a sad example of the real-world consequences of not properly maintaining and inspecting vehicle lifts and not training lift operators,” he said. “We encourage every lift owner to take this message to heart.”
You can read the full story about the judgment against Lake Shore Motors HERE.
The Automotive Lift Institute recommends the following:
Technicians also must take responsibility for their own safety when using lifts, including:
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