Safety alert issued on importance of vehicle hoist service and maintenance

WorkSafe WA released a safety alert to remind workplaces of the importance of conducting regular service and inspections for vehicle hoists.

WorkSafe has been inspecting workplaces with vehicle hoists following a fatality in 2012. During these inspections, WorkSafe inspectors took enforcement action through the issuance of improvement notices in relation to the service and maintenance of vehicle hoists.

WorkSafe says vehicle hoists should be inspected before use each day by the operator. It is also important for hoists to be regularly maintained by a competent person, as per AS/NZS 2550.9:1996 and manufacturer’s instructions.

WorkSafe also requires inspection and maintenance records to be kept. Parts used to repair hoists must be to the manufacturer’s specifications. Repairs should be conducted by a competent person. Employees who operate hoists should be provided with adequate and appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision necessary for safe operation of hoists.

More information about this is available on WorkSafe WA’s website.

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