Vehicle hoist safety compliance is currently being enforced by health and safety authorities.
A MTA member recently received a SafeWork SA improvement notice regarding their hoist maintenance and it was great to see that the improvement notice was promptly lifted at the next visit by the SafeWork SA Inspector once further evidence was provided with the help of the MTA.
Workshops must always consider safety when employees are required to work under raised vehicles. Although this everyday task of raising a vehicle for servicing is necessary in most workshops, it should never be taken for granted. The consequences may be fatal if a hoist collapses while an employee is working underneath it.
WHS laws require that 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 has in relation to hoists:
- Hoist purchases must comply with Australian Standard AS/NZ 1418.9 – Cranes (including hoists and winches) – Vehicle hoists
- ‘In House’ training of all users of the hoist should be undertaken
- Ensure hoist decals, operation manuals and/or any other safety procedures are available
- Maintenance and repair logs must be recorded and retained
Vehicle hoists must be serviced on an annual basis by a competent person or company.
SafeWork SA requires that pre-operational checks must be carried out by operators at regular intervals and these checks need to be dated and signed off.
It should be noted, that businesses are also required to organise a ‘major inspection’ on vehicle hoists and these must be carried out by a qualified person. The Australian Standard specifies major inspections to be performed when the life of the hoist reaches 10 years. Thorough evaluations on lift mechanisms, operating mechanisms and safety systems are examined as a means of identifying potential risks associated with hoist operations.
For any assistance on vehicle hoist safety inspections, please contact the MTA’s Workplace Relations team by clicking here or by calling 8291 2000.