Whether in repair shops or home garages, safety is of utmost concern and priority. When it comes to vehicle lifts, heavy equipment you must stand under while servicing cars and trucks, you want to ensure the proper precautions are taken to protect yourself and your workers. In many cases, there are options and accessories available to help you do so.
As everyone has heard the phrase, “never use a jack without a jack stand,” the same is true for lifts. Always raise the vehicle and then lower it onto the lift’s mechanical locks as suggested by the manufacturer and required by ANSI. Refer to ALI safety manual Lifting it Right or the manufacturer’s operating instructions for detailed information.
Make sure techs (or you) are using the proper procedure. An easy way to visually verify the locks are being used is to have a weight gauge on the lift. The weight gauge must be made by the same manufacturer so it will be properly calibrated to the lift’s cylinder size.
To determine if the lift has been lowered onto the mechanical locks, simply read the weight gauge. If it reads anything but “0” the lift has not been lowered onto the locks. The weight gauge is available for both two posts and mobile columns.