How We Keep Your Workers Safe #1 - Lift Pads
Did you know that the planned preventative maintenance contracts and lift inspection services we provide to the garage industry help to keep lift users safe in so many different ways?
Our 32-point lift inspection check-list ensures our GEA Lift Engineer accredited engineers follow a prescribed series of checks that are designed to ensure the continued safe use of vehicle lifts in garage workshops.
When it comes to two post vehicle lifts and certain in-ground lifts, the inspection of lifting pads is a key item. Lift pads are crucial parts of the lift as they are the parts that are the first point of contact with the vehicle and take the full force of the load through their structure. Just like tyres on a vehicle, they are designed to provide a combination of cushioning and grip but in providing this service they are subject to wear and potential damage. Also, like tyres, the user should check their condition and inspect them for wear on a regular basis. More and more garage owners are becoming aware of the need to do this and have put procedures in place however there are still many more that do not think about this. This is why our inspection services are crucial. Below is a 'rogues gallery' of some examples of worn and damaged lift pads found during our engineers' routine inspections.[gallery size="medium" columns="4" ids="2267,2268,2270,2269"]
As you can see, in some cases the lift pad material can perish over time and this causes it to break up. As the lift pads are designed to lift a vehicle by its sills this has a 'self-sacrificing' action. With continued use, the pad can get cut up by the very load it is designed to lift. Modern lifts have much more hard-wearing pads with composite material technologies in use in production of the pads but older lifts typically have softer rubber pads. Like we said, there are comparisons with vehicle tyres. Another issue we find is the increased use of cheap lower grade pads which deteriorate very quickly. They may seem cheap at first but they will cost more in the long-run, and without contstant monitoring they can pose a safety risk.
The image on the far right shows a lifting plate that is completely missing its pad. It has previously broken up and fallen away. Amazingly, we have found on occasions lifts in this condition that are continued to be used. This is extremely unsafe and we would have no option than to advise the lift is not used until the fault is remedied. A bare plate would mean metal would be contacting with metal when the vehicle is lifted and there would be a great risk of the vehicle slipping. A lift left in this state is likely to have other issues too and if it were to also have a faulty arm lock then this would be a potentially lethal combination. The arm could move, and without the grip of the pad, the vehicle could slide and fall.
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If you would like to enquire about our services or the supply of lift pads please either call 01670 516816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.