The auto repair industry's reliance on vehicle lifts places a unique burden on dealership shop managers to provide regular safety training for service techs, especially in head protection, says the president of the Automotive Lift Institute.
"Our industry asks folks to do something no other industry does — to put themselves physically under tens of thousands of pounds of metal every day," says the institute's Bob O'Gorman.
The organization recommends that lifts be inspected at least annually by an institute-certified inspector, and more often if they get heavy use. In its training, the institute also urges techs to wear hard hats or "bump caps" when they work under lifts. O'Gorman concedes such protection isn't widely used.