Vehicle hoist safety is a priority!

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Following last fortnight’s article in relation to a death involving a vehicle hoist in the Northern Territory, a large number of members have contacted the MTA about vehicle hoist safety and training.

Click here to read the article.

The MTA was pleased to work in partnership with member, Australian Motors, to roll out their staff’s Vehicle Hoist Safety Training in 2019. Every Automotive Technician operating a hoist has now gone through a “Lifting a Vehicle on a Hoist Skills Assessment”.

For more information on Manual Handling Training in the workplace, please contact MTA’s Workplace Relations team by clicking here.

Workshops must make considerations for safety when employees 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 hoist collapses while an employee is working underneath it. An employer, so far as reasonably practicable, must ensure a safe working environment. In order to achieve this consistently, there are a number of responsibilities an employer must adhere to:

  • Hoist purchases must comply with Australian Standard AS/NZ 1418.9
  • “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

It is required that vehicle hoists are to be serviced on an annual basis by a competent person or company. Also, pre-operational checks must be carried out by operators prior to use and these checks need to be dated and signed off.

It should be noted, that businesses are required to organise a ‘major inspection’ on vehicle hoists purchased, carried out by a suitably 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.

The Australian Standards also requires a ‘future use’ inspection to be carried when the hoist is 25 years old. Hoists have a 25 year ‘design life’, at which point an employer must consult the hoist manufacturer for an extension to be granted for its continued use. If a hoist does not meet the criteria set out for an extension to design life, it is to be decommissioned and removed from service.

Click here to contact the MTA’s WR team to ask how we can help with vehicle hoist inspections.