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Safety Reminder: donít trust a jack #4782020
06/09/18 08:50 AM
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volk06 Offline OP
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This was posted this week on Facebook by the Indianapolis FD. It is not graphic but may be disturbing to some.

Video summary:
A jack failed and trapped a person working under their car.

https://www.facebook.com/indianapolisfiredepartment/videos/1933947383290446/

Always use a jack stand with your jack when you are working under your vehicle. Stands are cheap at Walmart and Harbor Freight.


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Re: Safety Reminder: donít trust a jack [Re: volk06] #4782034
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In addition to the above, set parking brake and chock any wheels still on the ground. Before getting under the car, grab each corner and give it a good shake to settle it and make sure it won't slip down on you while you work.


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Re: Safety Reminder: donít trust a jack [Re: VeryNoisyPoet] #4782036
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Originally Posted By: VeryNoisyPoet
In addition to the above, set parking brake and chock any wheels still on the ground. Before getting under the car, grab each corner and give it a good shake to settle it and make sure it won't slip down on you while you work.


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Re: Always use a jack stand n just donít trust a jack [Re: volk06] #4782040
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Wow! About a dozen firefighters and every piece of equipment the truck has just to lift a car off the guy?


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Re: Safety Reminder: donít trust a jack [Re: VeryNoisyPoet] #4782041
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Originally Posted By: VeryNoisyPoet
In addition to the above, set parking brake and chock any wheels still on the ground. Before getting under the car, grab each corner and give it a good shake to settle it and make sure it won't slip down on you while you work.


+2 Never trust a jack of any type alone for under the car work.


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Re: Safety Reminder: donít trust a jack [Re: volk06] #4782060
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Great reminder, I read in the local paper about a car falling of of a Jack about once a year, and pretty often it ends up as a fatality


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Re: Safety Reminder: donít trust a jack [Re: volk06] #4782063
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Be sure to use real jack stands and not something like this.


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Re: Safety Reminder: donít trust a jack [Re: volk06] #4782066
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Ramp or jackstands period. No jacks


Re: Safety Reminder: donít trust a jack [Re: Al] #4782074
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Originally Posted By: Al
Ramp or jackstands period. No jacks


I personally use ramps with a jack stand as a safety measure. I've seen many rhino or plastic style ramps get old and brittle.


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Re: Safety Reminder: donít trust a jack [Re: volk06] #4782109
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I live in the PNW area (oodles of rain).
There's a neighbor who has stored his home-made, wooden ramps stored outside near to where he parks.

Do these ppl not understand what happens to rain-soaked wood!?!?!
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Re: Safety Reminder: donít trust a jack [Re: volk06] #4782115
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I use jack stands on level concrete. I shake the car to see if the jack stands rock. I want it to make noise or fall before i'm under it. If i have the wheels/tires off, i put them under there as well. I don't get under the car,( or on top of my camper) when no one but me is home. I'm not 30 anymore.


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Re: Safety Reminder: donít trust a jack [Re: spasm3] #4782124
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Originally Posted By: spasm3
I use jack stands on level concrete. I shake the car to see if the jack stands rock. I want it to make noise or fall before i'm under it. If i have the wheels/tires off, i put them under there as well. I don't get under the car,( or on top of my camper) when no one but me is home. I'm not 30 anymore.


You have the exact same process and approach as I do. I don't get under the car without my wife home and knowing I'm out in the garage working under the car. Heck, even sometimes she'll come out help hand me wrenches. smile


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Re: Always use a jack stand n just donít trust a jack [Re: funflyer] #4782171
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Originally Posted By: funflyer
Wow! About a dozen firefighters and every piece of equipment the truck has just to lift a car off the guy?
The metaphor about a monkey and a football crossed my mind. There were enough personnel on hand to lift the car off the poor idiot


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Re: Always use a jack stand n just donít trust a jack [Re: volk06] #4782174
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Looks like there's a metal stand just forward of the right rear wheel. If so, it tipped over. Guy could have been doing it mostly right except setting the car's partial weight properly on the stand.

If immediate risk of life was in the balance they might have lifted the car by hand. But blowing out backs isn't the safest method. And if the car slips out of their grips and falls again, you can crush the person worse than before, especially if they change position while trying to get out. The firefighters may have deemed the situation stable and not immediately life threatening...enough time to get proper rigging gear. I wasn't there so this is all conjecture.


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Re: Safety Reminder: donít trust a jack [Re: TheLawnRanger] #4782185
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Originally Posted By: TheLawnRanger
Be sure to use real jack stands and not something like this.



Thats great, LOL crackmeup

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