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Vehicle Repair: Raising the Level of Safety

- January 20, 2014 by Glen O'Rourke, ALCM (View all posts by Glen)

This vehicle is supported only by hydraulic jacks. Work on the vehicle should not start until jack stands are placed underneath to provide proper support.

Vehicles need maintenance and repair to keep them in proper running order.  Some repairs require the person performing the maintenance/repair to access the underside of the vehicle.  A popular way to raise a vehicle for this type of work involves the use of a hydraulic jack.

When raising or working underneath a vehicle, the person performing the work is exposed to the hazard of being crushed by the vehicle if it should fall while the vehicle is being raised by the hydraulic jack or at any time while underneath the vehicle.  This could result in extremely serious injuries up to and including death.

To reduce the possibility of being crushed by a falling vehicle while working underneath:

  • Do not attempt to raise a vehicle unless it is on firm and level ground.
  • Only use a hydraulic jack that has a rated capacity that exceeds the weight of the vehicle.  The jack should be labeled with its rated capacity.
  • Adequately chock the wheels of a vehicle before using the jack to raise the vehicle.  As a minimum, chocks should be placed on both sides of one wheel that is directly opposite of where the jack is placed.
  • Never work underneath a vehicle that is supported only by a hydraulic jack (or jacks).  Use the jack (or jacks) to raise the vehicle to its elevated and level position and then place jack stands underneath the vehicle at appropriate points to provide additional rigid stable support. Do not go underneath the vehicle until the jack stands are in place.
  • Do not exceed the rated capacity of the jack stand.  The jack stand should be labeled with its rated capacity.
  • Only use jack stands that meet the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Safety Standard for Portable Automotive Lifting Devices (ASME-PALD).