Most tire service work requires lifting equipment to get a vehicle off the ground to allow a service professional access to perform the work required.
When performing service work, you’re not just lifting tons of metal and mechanicals off the ground you’re also lifting your customers’ livelihood, their biggest investment, their freedom and, in some cases, their true love.
Back in the day, many auto service bays were designed with in-ground lifts. Today, there are many more options for vehicle lifts, as well as different load capacities, designs and safety considerations.
Lift Safety Tips
- When the lift is in use, be sure the area around and under the lift is clear of tools, people and other equipment.
- Stay alert, constantly aware of activities in the surrounding area when the lift is in use.
- Never exceed the lift’s maximum weight capacity.
- Be sure lift points and adapters are clean (not wet or oily) with no signs of damage or corrosion.
- Be sure the vehicle is properly centered and balanced.
- Remove any item in the vehicle that may impact the normal center of gravity.
- Ensure the latches and locking devices are engaged. For drive-on lifts, be sure the wheels are properly chocked.
- Never try to stabilize a wobbling or falling vehicle personally. Maintain a safe distance and get out of the way.