ALI Updates Car Lift Safety Manual

ALI Updates Car Lift Safety Manual | THE SHOPAutomotive Lift Institute (ALI) has completely updated and expanded Lifting It Right, the organization’s car lift safety manual, the organization said.

The second edition of the training tool features new information, photos and illustrations in a user-friendly format. A digital version is also available, ALI representatives said.

Lifting It Right is a guide to the safe operation and basic maintenance of the seven types of vehicle lifts commonly used in North America: inground lifts, two-post lifts, multi-post runway lifts, parallelogram lifts, scissors lifts, low-/mid-rise lifts, and mobile columns. It is a companion to and reinforces the safe lifting practices presented in ALI’s industry-standard Lifting It Right online course.

Working with the leading lift manufacturers supporting automotive and vehicle lift users throughout North America, the ALI team expanded the manual to provide the latest guidance on lift safety best practices, the organization said. ALI experts wrote new content including a glossary, as well as information on lift capacity, lift inspection, load-holding devices, swing arm restraints and being a safe lift operator. The update manual also features a redesigned layout with chapters, identifying headers and footers, sidebars with safety information, full-color photos and custom drawings.

The softcover second edition has 36 pages, 12 more than the original, and the all-new digital edition reflects the same content and layout as the print version, ALI said.

“Over the last 35 years, Lifting It Right has taught millions of professional technicians, students and at-home mechanics best practices for safely using vehicle lifts, including how to properly lift and lower a vehicle, prepare the service bay, maintain load stability and take care of their lifts,” says R.W. “Bob” O’Gorman, ALI president. “Our safety manual is used in vocational schools, car dealerships, independent shops and at home to help keep people safe when working on cars and trucks. We’re proud to offer a completely updated manual with all the latest guidance to train the next generation of lift operators.”

Lifting It Right is available from ALI member manufacturers and ALI Certified Lift Inspectors, as well as through the ALI store and ALI’s Amazon store.

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