Technicians face many risks, a common one being sustaining an injury from performing maintenance under a vehicle. Wheel chocks and jack stands are important safety precaution tools that secure the vehicle for this type of maintenance.
As with all safety tools, your wheel chocks and jack stands need to be in good working condition for them to work properly. If the vehicle you’re working on is parked on a slope, it can roll forward if the the wheel chock’s integrity has been comprised by being driven over. This can result in the technician being crushed by the vehicle falling off of the jack stands.
Safety Tips for Wheel Chocks and Jack Stands:
- During your monthly shop inspections make sure to include wheel chock inspections. While wheel chocks do lose structural integrity over time, they are also inexpensive to replace.
- Before the lift begins, vehicles that will be lifted and placed on jack stands need to be on a level surface with the engine placed in neutral, and the parking brake set.
- Jack stands need to be properly positioned: Ensure that your shop has the correct type and number of jack stands.
- Wheel chocks should be placed in front and behind at least one non-drive wheel.
How does your maintenance shop handle wheel chocks and jack stands?