Top 5 defects – Vehicle Lifting Tables

Top 5 defects – Vehicle Lifting Tables

The Thurra Engineer Surveyors shared their findings of the most common faults they experience when inspecting vehicle lifting tables. Here’s what they had to say and also what you can do to help avoid life threatening and costly accidents from arising.

  1. Worn or damaged radial arm jacking pad rubber pads – there should be enough material to continue to cause adhesion between the pad and the vehicle. Badly worn / damaged rubber pads are to be renewed before further use.
  2. Ineffective radial arm locks – should be checked on a daily basis, in a variety of different positions. The locks should fully engage and retain the arms in the locked position.
  3. Worn or damaged lifting ropes – these are checked by our engineer surveyors to ISO4309. If any evident, the number of broken wires are reported on. In addition, the increase, or decrease in diameter is assessed, using a Vernier calliper, plus any corrosion is also assessed.
  4. Inoperative safety switches or emergency stop switches – these should be checked daily, especially emergency stop switches. The consequences of them being inoperative could be life threatening.
  5. Loose post floor fixings – again, these can be checked for security on a daily basis. Commonly found on newly installed vehicle lifts.

In addition, all newly installed vehicle lifts and those that have been moved/re-positioned, should have a load test conducted. Further information can be found at the Garage Equipment Association website https://www.gea.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/728.pdf

If you require advice or help on any of the above, please get in touch or speak to your Insurance Broker who will be happy to arrange a call for technical advice, or a visit by an experienced engineer.

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