Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: NW Minnesota
Car: 2008 Outback 2.5i
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Jack Point Safety
I work for New Flyer of America and build city buses. When working on the underbodies, depending on the destination city - we usually paint the jack points Safety Yellow. If you ever needed to lift the coach - the proper place is quickly and easily spotted. A great idea for the those into easy mods.
BTW, when not using the huge jacks to lift a coach 8' off the ground, I regularly scoot under them and protect myself by pushing a floor jack along the framework as I go. It is mandatory.
A couple years ago, in my shop, an airline popped off and the coach fell to it's axles crushing a man who was underneath. The axles provided 8 inches of room for him, we raced a forklift to the scene and several people had to stand on the back of it to give it enough counterbalance to lift that section of the bus. He was unconcious, not breathing, eyes full of blood and rolledback in his head. He is lucky he lived. I work with this guy every day.
Our janitor just came back from 2 month medical leave after is GrandAm fell on him - his jack slipped with no stands.
Also - I wear safety glasses when underneath- dirt/debris seems to always be falling into my face. I know to keep my mouth closed when under the car.
It doesn't just happen to someone else. Be overly careful when lifting anything.