Lift Safety with Rick White [RR 522]

Rick White, President and Lead Coach for 180BIZ, an auto repair shop training and business coaching company. He also owned and managed several successful automotive repair shops.

Early in his career, Rick got his arm stuck under a vehicle while working underneath it. He managed to get out safely but it was a wake up call to him and for all of us as well. This is everyone’s concern. There are too many distractions like  cell phones, tablets, lackadaisical attitude of it never happening, not focused on job at task, talking to tech next to them and a whole lot more. We need to follow lift maintenance schedules religiously and document every procedure in order to check work properly.

Rick White’s Previous Episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points:

  • Lift safety- if you don’t talk about it and acknowledge it you are building risk
  • Rick read about a tech that got killed by car falling off lift onto him in Richmond Virginia
  • Last 18 months: 17 deaths from cars falling off lifts
  • Early in his career, Rick was working on a vehicle by himself on the ground, arm got stuck but was able to get out safely- wake up call from beginning   
  • Too many distractions- cell phones, tablets, lackadaisical attitude of it never happening, not focused on the job at task, talking to tech next to them
  • Customers are trusting you with their lives when they hand you the keys 
  • Need to implement an annual training program for everyone in the shop certification program $16 per tech
  • Visually inspect lift contact point, lift car and wiggle to ensure it settles and isn’t moving, safety latches are on
  • Must follow maintenance schedule on lift- inspecting and checking fluids daily
  • Have procedures in place in order to double-check work- tire safety: have tech document torque and road test
  • If you get interrupted during job: document last thing you did on repair order/tablet etc then document what you were going to do nextWhen you get interrupted takes up to 20 minutes to get back into productive mode
  • Be engaged with NOW- “Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero”Pluck the day- stop to pull some flowers, be present
  • Use a buddy system- do not work on a vehicle by yourself, have cameras
  • We work to live, we don’t live to work
  • Link for on-line lift certification:


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