LIFTS MUST BE MAINTAINED AND INSPECTED REGULARLY TO ENSURE SAFETY.

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Workshops must make considerations for safety when workers are required to work under raised vehicles. Although this everyday task of raising a vehicle for servicing is performed by competent and trained workers, it should never be taken for granted. The consequences may be fatal if a lift collapses while an employee is working underneath it. An employer must, so far as reasonably practicable, ensure a safe working environment. In order to achieve this consistently, there are a number of responsibilities an employer must adhere to:

 

  • Quaterly maintenance program.
  • Proper training of all users of the lift should be undertaken.
  • Ensure lift decals, operation manuals and/or any other safety procedures are available
  • Rrepair logs must be recorded and retained.

 

It should be noted, that businesses are required to organise a ‘major inspection’ on vehicle lifts purchased. Carried out by a suitably qualified person, following industry Standards that specifies major inspections to be performed when the life of the lift reaches 10 years. Thorough evaluations on lift mechanisms, operating mechanisms and safety systems are examined as a means of identifying potential risks associated with lifts operations. 

 

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