RAPEX: Vehicle hydraulic lift with two support columns - serious risk

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Report No 23 published on 4 June 2020, alert number A12/00843/20

Description: vehicle hydraulic lift for up to 4000 kg with two support columns

Risks: the vehicle lift has a number of design and structural defects that could cause injuries:

- the closure of the product may break, causing the transport device to fall off

- the lifting arm, lifting chain nips and ropes are missing the appropriate protective element; as a result, the user's feet or hands may become trapped

- no protection of the hoses and against hydraulic fluid spray

- the pressure gauge and pressure relief valve did not properly work; this could lead to excessive pressure of the hydraulic system of the lift, causing hydraulic fluid to leak under high pressure

- the carrying device is not stable enough

- there is no limiting of the lowering speed, which could result in a fast descend of the lift.

 The product does not comply with the requirements of Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and harmonised standard EN 1493.

 Action adopted: the measures adopted consist in recalling the product from end users (Finland).



Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

Annex I

General principles

  1. The manufacturer of machinery or his authorised representative must ensure that a risk assessment is carried out in order to determine the health and safety requirements which apply to the machinery. The machinery must then be designed and constructed taking into account the results of the risk assessment.

By the iterative process of risk assessment and risk reduction referred to above, the manufacturer or his authorised representative shall:

  • determine the limits of the machinery, which include the intended use and any reasonably foreseeable misuse thereof,
  • identify the hazards that can be generated by the machinery and the associated hazardous situations,
  • estimate the risks, taking into account the severity of the possible injury or damage to health and the probability of its occurrence,
  • evaluate the risks, with a view to determining whether risk reduction is required, in accordance with the objective of this Directive,
  • eliminate the hazards or reduce the risks associated with these hazards by application of protective measures, in the order of priority established in section 1.1.2(b).



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