ACCC Reminds Us Not To Work Under Jacked-Up Cars

Sure, you might argue that anyone who tries to work under a car which is only held up using a jack is making an Darwin Award-style contribution to improving the gene pool. That said, 46 people in Australia have been killed over the last 10 years doing just that, which has led to the ACCC launching a campaign to remind home mechanics not to take risks when fixing their car.

The campaign covers basic advice — use support stands and a trolley jack to work under a car and make sure that there's no-one in the vehicle when you raise it — and also points out the safety standards which jacks and stands must meet to be sold locally. Hit the link for all that information, and share any additional mechanic safety tips in the comments.

Don't be a jackass with jacks [Product Safety Australia]


    Do you mean Darwin award? ;)

      Einstein Award.. hahahaha

      Always good to get in early with the Darwinian stuff! #]

    I think you meant "Darwin" award - The awards given to people who die under extremely stupid circumstances of their own design.

      Also, how is mistaking it for an "Einstein Award" even a thing that happens?

        It's the prize you give someone who forgets they meant Darwin Award. D'oh!

    You mean common sense award? Even bogans know better than to do that lol

    So we've gone from 'an Einstein award' to 'an Darwin award'.

    It's an improvement but still in need of some love.

    Okay no. Don't "remind" people, if they don't have the common sense and self preservation to know this already, they deserve the Darwin.

    The photo at the top of this item gives the totally wrong message. It implies that using ramps is a no no whereas the ACCC site says:

    If you are planning on working under your vehicle, always use support stands or ramps.

      Exactly. The picture is of a portable vehicle ramp; not anything like a jack.

      The ACCC specifically recommends using a ramp if you want to work under a vehicle. Lifehacker is doing us all a disservice by spreading misinformation in a safety campaign.

      According to ACCC: "Never place any part of your body under a raised vehicle until it is sitting on support stands or VEHICLE RAMPS."

      And: "If you are planning on working under your vehicle, always use support stands or RAMPS."

        Ramps and stands are specifically mentioned in the article, and not using a jack is specifically mentioned by the ACCC (check the name of the campaign). Straw man argument, it seems to me!

          The current picture and caption implies that the bloke under the car is being "a jackass with jacks", when it actual fact he's demonstrating the correct method of work.

          If the picture was of someone working under a car that was supported by a jack [eg. bottle jack, scissor jack, trolley jack, etc.], then it'd make sense. At the moment it's quite misleading. Folks who don't know better are going to assume that the picture is demonstrating what not to do, because that's how the picture and caption reads.

            That picture is from the front of the ACCC's brochure. If the picture showed someone doing the wrong thing, I suspect they'd be accused of encouraging dangerous behaviour.

      Thanks for your reply Andrew. I saw the picture and the heading and was very confused. I thought that I was doing the right thing by using my ramps - but the picture was telling me otherwise.

        I knew the picture came from the ACCC, but I thought that the caption was added to it by LifeHacker. The picture is fine [demonstrates correct method], the "jackass with jacks" is fine [good safety slogan], but marrying the two together in that manner is what I had a problem with.

        I did use Tineye and Google Image matching to check if anyone else was using that picture and caption combo, but the only source they showed was Gawker [specifically,]. Now that I've looked a little further I can see that picture/caption graphic came as is from the ACCC. I apologise for saying that Lifehacker was acting improperly.

        It's a bizarre decision from the ACCC. Industrial safety posters often link a "too stupid to be true" picture of someone doing it wrong with a safety slogan. Even the ACCC usually follows this method.

        The first example I came across:

        Using a ladder:

        tl;dr: The graphic is misleading, but that isn't the fault of LifeHacker, and I'm sorry for claiming that it was.

          I replied to the wrong post. This is meant to be a reply to Angus Kidman.

    Congratulations ACCC - 46 deaths in ten years warrants this campaign.... on average 35 children aged under 5 die as a result of drowning in backyard swimming pools every year with another 6 hospitalised for near drownings for every death....

    Yet product safety from the ACCC on this cause? Zero/Zilch/Nothing

      It is there - you just need to dig a little. See this page:

      And the story is worse:
      302 people drowned in Australia from 2008 to 2009.

    those "compact" jacks do break, the guys over at mightycarmods broke 2 jacks in a day.

    On the topic, it seems common sense to me. Perhaps its natural selection at work?

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