Workshops must make considerations for safety when workers are required to work under raised vehicles.
This everyday task of raising a vehicle for servicing must be performed by competent and trained workers and it should never be taken for granted. The consequences may be fatal if a hoist collapses while an employee is working underneath and SafeWork SA is very tough on businesses who flout safety in relation to hoists.
We all know 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 must adhere to in relation to hoist safety:
- Hoist purchases must comply with Australian Standard AS/NZ 1418.9
- In house training of all users of the hoist must 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 serviced on an annual basis by a competent person or company
- Pre-operational checks must also be carried out by operators prior to use. These checks need to be dated and signed off
Businesses are required to organise a major inspection on all vehicle hoists purchased and must be carried out by a suitably qualified person. The Australian Standard specifies that major inspections are 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.
The MTA was pleased to work in partnership with member, Australian Motors, to roll out Vehicle Hoist Safety Training for their staff this year, where every technician worker operating a hoist has gone through a ‘lifting a vehicle on a hoist’ skills assessment.
Great Work Suzanne Cornish, Group Manager – People, Culture & Safety for initiating the training to keep all employees safe at work!
The MTA works with a number of members in providing the necessary staff training. For more information on Manual Handling Training in the workplace please contact the MTA’s WR team by clicking here.