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Annual Inspection Program
Standards for Automotive Lifts -Safety Requirements for Operation , Inspection and Maintenance
Automotive lifts are often one of the most expensive and valuable tools in your shop. It can be overwhelming to conduct annual inspections to protect this investment, especially if you have multiple locations. If you work with a non-ALI-certified inspector or use the same vendor for both inspection and repairs, it can lead to a conflict of interest and higher repair costs.
ANSI standards mandate that a qualified lift inspector inspect all vehicle lifts at least annually.
Are you aware of the dangers that vehicle lifts may cause if they are not properly inspected and maintained? OSHA is, and they are beginning to pay more attention to vehicle lifts.
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This program should include:
- Training employees in the safe use and hazards for each type of lift used;
- Conducting periodic (monthly) in-house vehicle lift inspections; and
- Having a qualified service provider conduct a full inspection of each lift at least annually.
Each aspect of this comprehensive Vehicle Lift Safety Program should be documented. Having these documented records can be critical in the event OSHA inspects the business.
The OSHA emphasis program refers to “certified lift inspectors” for the annual lift inspections. At this time, the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) appears to be the main organization that has comprehensive training for obtaining this certification. However, we have seen some of our larger accounts using the firms where they bought the lifts to conduct the inspections. As an owner of a vehicle with a lift, you should feel comfortable with the qualifications of the firm you use and in the quality of work they provide. Their inspection form should be detailed, and they should be able to tell you how their inspections meet OSHA requirements.
What is inspected during your automotive lift inspection?
- The structure (Hardware, corrosion, damage, load holding device)
- Floor around the unit (Cracks, bolt torque)
- Drive unit (Power buttons, electrical connections, valves, pneumatic lock release, emergency stop)
- Wire ropes
- Slider blocks/rollers
- Arm weld
- Ramps and wheelstops
*Please note the above varies depending on the type of Automotive Lifting Equipment being inspected.