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Hydraulic Lift Safety Talk

Hydraulic lifts are one of the most common tools in an auto repair shop. Lifts are used numerous times throughout the day, and it is a critical task that needs to be performed safely. There are many hazards associated with hydraulic lifts, such as risk of damaging vehicles or injury or death to technicians. Never get complacent while working around hydraulic lifts; always take your time.  

Below are some tips and rules to stay safe when working around hydraulic lifts: 

  • Only trained technicians should use a lift.  
  • Check to ensure that a qualified lift service person has safely inspected the lift within the past year.  
  • Put your safety in your hands and always do your own check before using the lift. 
    • Visually inspect cables and chains for wear and tear.  
    • Ensure the safety latches are engaging and disengaging fully.   
  • Once a month, torque anchors to manufacturers spec’s.  
  • Make sure to check the hydraulic fluid.  
  • Make sure to check the torque of all fasteners.  
  • Make sure to check the hoses for cracks or chafing. 
    • Change the hoses if you notice any cracks or chafing.  
  • Never lift a vehicle that exceeds the maximum capacity of the lift.  
  • Always know the vehicle lifting points when lifting a vehicle. 
  • Before lifting a vehicle with a twin-post lift, know the proper lifting points.  
    • The center of gravity of a front-wheel-drive vehicle is under the steering wheel.  
    • The center of gravity of a rear-wheel-drive vehicle is under the front seat.  
  • Always chalk at least one wheel when the vehicle is on the lift.  
  • Check the lifting points during the lifting process. 
  • Always be aware and focused when lifting a vehicle. 
  • If you must do any heavy lifting, pulling, or prying, you must use four appropriate jack stands.  
    • Always raise the jack stands to the height of the vehicle and never lower the stands.  
  • Never walk under the vehicle with the safety locks disengaged. 
  • Blocks of wood or bricks are not proper lift accessories. 
  • If you believe there is a problem with your lift, properly tag it out and do not use it until a qualified lift specialist has looked at it. 


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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