Don’t Let Inspector Clouseau Near Your Vehicle Lifts

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All lift inspectors are not created equal. Considering that the safety and productivity of your technicians ride on your lifts, you want only a qualified lift inspector to make sure the equipment is functioning properly. But how do you know if you’re getting Sherlock Holmes instead of Inspector Clouseau?

Many state codes and regulations require that vehicle lifts be professionally inspected by “qualified lift inspectors” at least once a year. ALI Certified Lift Inspectors are proven qualified to inspect any manufacturer’s vehicle lifts in accordance with ANSI/ALI ALOIM-2011, the national standard covering vehicle lift operation, inspection and maintenance. There are already more ALI Certified Lift Inspectors in Rotary Lift’s RAI network than in any other manufacturer’s distribution channel. Rotary Lift is the first manufacturer to support the ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program with a certification requirement for its service network.ali-map

More than 50 members of Rotary Lift’s extensive service network have completed the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector Certification Program over the past nine months, bolstering what is already the industry’s go-to resource for professional vehicle lift inspections. Rotary Lift has more ALI Certified Lift Inspectors within its distribution channel than any other manufacturer, making it easy for lift users across North America to find an inspector.

“Rotary Lift’s distributor and installer network includes more than 400 companies spread across the United States and Canada,” says Ron Lainhart, parts and service manager for Rotary Lift and an ALI factory designated trainer. “We have taken a leadership role in supporting the ALI Lift Inspector Certification initiative so that lift users everywhere can turn to a trusted name for inspections. More than half of all ALI Certified Lift Inspectors are affiliated with Rotary Lift and are qualified to inspect lifts built by any manufacturer.”


At a minimum, in order to be considered “qualified” under the ANSI lift inspection standard, a lift inspector must meet the following requirements:

1. Knowledge of personal safety practices necessary to perform routine and periodic inspections of existing equipment.

2. Familiarity with industry terminology, including the terms defined and used in the ANSI/ALI ALCTV (current edition) lift safety standards.

3. The ability to read and understand equipment manuals, drawings and parts lists.

4. Knowledge of the purpose and function of all components, devices and accessories commonly employed on vehicle lifts.

5. Working knowledge of electrical and electronic control circuit principles as applied to the operation of pumps, motors, valves and switches.

6. Working knowledge of mechanical principles as applied to structures, machines, mechanisms and the effects of traction on wire ropes, chains and sheaves.

7. Working knowledge of hydraulic principles as applied to the operation of valves, pumps, cylinders and piping.

8. Working knowledge of pneumatic principles as applied to the operation of valves, compressors, cylinders, pressure vessels, air-bags, bellows and piping.

9. Knowledge of the many and varied types and styles of vehicle lifts, their uses, and any limitations or restricted applications pertaining thereto.
The ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program provides third-party verification that an inspector is qualified to inspect any vehicle lift. All ALI Certified Lift Inspectors must meet prerequisites and pass two exams to complete the program. “Inspector certification is not easy to achieve,” says Lainhart. “It takes time and dedication. ALI Certified Inspectors have committed themselves to a challenging program, so you know you are receiving real value when you hire them to inspect your lifts. Everything about their inspection procedure has been standardized and approved by ALI, so they will not overlook something a non-certified inspector might miss.”

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