As with any tool, safety is of utmost importance. It’s even more important when it comes to jacks or any lifting tool that is designed to lift a lot of weight. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a mechanical style jack, hydraulic jack, or screw type jack… they’re all potentially dangerous if you’re not fully aware of the safe use procedures. People like to laugh and joke about how they don’t read instructions, but it’s vitally important that you read and familiarize yourself with the user’s manual for any type of lifting device, including the Hi-Lift® Jack.
There are a lot of important factors involved in safe use of a Hi-Lift®, so we strongly encourage you to review the link. For the purposes of this article, we’re addressing one factor that we see way too often – Hi-Lift® Jack handles being left down.
During lifting and lowering with a Hi-Lift®, the weight of the load pushes up against the Jack’s handle. It’s important to make sure that you always grasp the Jack’s handle with both hands when using it to lift and lower a load. Always place the handle in the upright position against the Steel Standard Bar with the Handle Clip Spring holding it up when your hands are not on the Jack handle, especially if there is a load on the Hi-Lift®. This will prevent the Jack handle from moving up rapidly and unexpectedly when moving the Reversing Latch. NEVER leave the handle in the horizontal position when using the Hi-Lift® if you don’t have both hands firmly on the Jack Handle.
Following this one simple rule – HANDLE UP! when your hands aren’t on the Jack handle will greatly reduce your risk of injury.