Workshops must make considerations for safety when workers 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 underneath it. 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:
- Vehicle 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 be carried out by operators prior to use. These checks need to be dated and signed off and include:
- The Australian Standard specifies that major inspections are to be performed when the life of the hoist reaches 10 years.
- 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.
Below is a 25 year old vehicle hoist that was recently decommissioned as a result of an inspection.
The MTA works with a number of host employers to perform workplace inspection’s. If you need assistance in regards to vehicle hoist safety, click here to contact the MTA’s WR team or call 8291 2000.