For those who are not aware, vehicle lift inspections are a vital part of maintaining your workplace. Whether it be a single 10,000 lb. 2-post above ground lift in a small garage or a multitude of 75,000 lb. in-ground lifts in a large facility, they are of equal importance. ANSI, or the American National Safety Standard, even mandates a yearly inspection for all vehicle lifts.
What is a Lift Inspection
A lift inspection is a complete and thorough examination of the lift. Every part is examined, and the lift is tested. Afterwards, the customer receives a complete printout of the results. If any issues are identified the inspection report also includes a list of recommended repairs needed to correct them. The overall goal is to ensure that the lift is maintained and in a safe working order.
Benefits of Annual Lift Inspections
First and foremost, the most important reason is to ensure the safety of the technicians operating the lifts used to service vehicles. Yearly inspections and maintenance will also help to keep your lift up and running, reducing the amount of down time because of lift failure. This alone will save you time and money, not to mention having peace of mind.
Choosing to not have a lift inspected can be very dangerous and costly. Not only are you putting a technician at risk, the vehicle owner is also unknowingly putting his or her automobile at risk. If an accident should happen and an injury and/or damage occurs, not being able to provide an up-to-date inspection report or not being OSHA compliant can have legal ramifications.
What does a good lift inspector and inspection look like?
The most important thing to look for in an inspector is ALI certification. ALI certified inspectors have gone through the comprehensive training provided by the Automotive Lift Institute and have passed their examinations. This is the only independent verification of inspector qualification in the country. Applicants must have at least one years’ experience in the field and must pass three exams proving their knowledge and ability to identify unsafe conditions.
An ALI certified inspector will leave an ALI label on the lift. This label confirms that the lift was inspected by a certified inspector to the ALI standard. You can look up the inspector based on the information in the tag. You should also expect a detailed report explaining any issues with the lift and recommendations on how to address them.
ALI Inspection label – a sign it was done right!
What makes Ray-Jurgen inspections special?
At Ray Jurgen, we go above and beyond when we conduct our vehicle lift inspections. First off, we have a total of six ALI Certified Lift Inspectors and are always looking to increase that number. We do very few non-ALI inspections because we believe in the standard and promote a safe lifting environment. Additionally, we also include manufacturer recommended preventative maintenance in our inspections. We are not aware of anybody else in the industry who does so. Whether it be torqueing down anchor bolts, tightening equalizer cables, or even cleaning out the debris in the pit of an in-ground lift, you can rest assure that our lift inspections are focused on getting you the longest safe useful life out of your equipment possible. Lastly, as a business, we always put our customer first by providing the best lift inspection service around. We maintain a calendar so we know when your inspections are due. We will proactively call you to schedule your inspections so you don’t ever have to think about them. By keeping your lifts compliant and inspections up to date, you are putting your customers first. And as everyone knows, those who provide the best customer service are those who succeed the most.