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Here’s Why Your Car Lifts and Ramps Should Be Securely Installed

The advice has been given by those Enforcing Authorities (HSE and LAs) concerning the risk of vehicle falling off two-post lifts whose arm locking systems are broken or have stopped working. function. This advice comes in the wake of two incidents, one fatal and the second very grave, in which vehicles that fell off this kind of lift struck mechanics below.

The MVR Forum agreed with the representatives from members of the MVR industry, in the MVR Forum, that arm locking systems should be installed to all lifts. So, any 2-post lifts with no arm locking must be removed from use or removed from the market.

Issues with the design, installation, and maintenance of locking mechanisms for arm remain a source of concern for the latest equipment. A few new 2-post lifts made by Chinese were found to have the locking mechanism is badly designed and did not function from the moment of installation or after the first few hours of usage.

This guideline highlights the importance of regular checkups on locking mechanisms and other vital components of lifts with two posts. This includes:

Inspecting that the rubber support arm mounts are in good in good

Inspecting it is operating properly. function properly

ensuring that all controls are operating

Plate that is adjustable and has a rubber mounting pad

Pad extension

Telescoping arm

Arm-locking mechanism

There are also fundamental safety precautions you must follow when operating 2-post lifts and a 2 post ramp.

Be sure to follow the lift’s manufacturer’s directions on the limits of the lift specifically its weight limitations and whether it’s compatible with larger cars (dimensions and strength)

It is essential to determine the proper jacking/lifting points to you vehicle (check the manual of the user for the correct jacking/lifting points, if needed)

Make sure that you have the lift arms placed at the proper points of jacking and lifting for the vehicle.

take into consideration the load distribution of the vehicle particularly, in the event that large components (eg the gearbox or engine) have been removed with the help of force (eg pushing off rusted bolts) which may affect the stability of the vehicle that is being lifted.

raise the vehicle just a small distance to make sure whether the arms are locked with the help of a force and that the pads are correctly in place, before lifting the vehicle.

We also have received several reports of collapses of lifts that resulted from anchor bolts ripping from weak concrete. Lift installers should be skilled and the flooring must be strong enough. If there isn’t any evidence to support the flooring specifications A number of test holes could be required and an experts’ opinions obtained. One way that businesses can ensure that a lift has been put in properly is to use installers who have been certified.