End users warned to immediately stop using Radum branded two post vehicle hoists sold Australia-wide between 2009 and 2012.

Radum Pty Ltd has recalled all two post vehicle hoists the company sold nationwide between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2012 because the hoists could posed the two potentially fatal risks of the end user (or users) being crushed or electrocuted.

The recall applies to the model numbers DTP607F, DTP609F and DTP609G with 415v or 240v motors and anyone with access to these hoists have been warned to immediately stop using the hoist and contact the company.

In a product recall notice, Radum said the two post vehicle hoists, in floor and gantry models, do not comply with the mandatory Australian Standard for certain electrical and mechanical requirements for vehicle hoists.

According to the notice, the limit switch wiring in some 240 volt motor models made and supplied particularly between January 2009 and November 2011 may not provide adequate earthing in the event of an electrical short circuit.

In addition, the plug and cable earth wire may have been cut during installation or not properly connected to the terminal inside the 240 volt motors.

This applies to the hoists with 240 volt motors because only a licensed electrician is permitted to wire a hoist supplied with a 415 volt motor upon installation.

Since November 2011, all 240 volt motor vehicle hoists have also been supplied without the plug and cable wiring and require a licensed electrician to properly wire the hoist before use.

The second electrical related issue identified, which affects both the 240 and 415 volt hoists, is that the installation and operating manuals may not adequately illustrate the required electrical wiring diagrams.

There is also the mechanical possibility that the hydraulic arms on the hoists, again regardless of the model’s voltage, could lower at a speed above the Australian Standard set maximum if damage occurs to the hydraulic hose or it bursts.

In addition, the calculated stress loads measured in the vehicle hoist arms may exceed the maximum stress allowable under the Australian Standard.

“Please note that no instances of malfunction, accident or injury have been reported to us,” a letter Radum issued its customers read.

“However, due to our uncompromising commitment to quality and safety, we have decided to commence a design upgrade program in relation to the vehicle hoists.”

Radum will arrange for a Radum-appointed technician to attend on site at affected customers’ premises to inspect the vehicle hoist for electrical safety (the first and second hazards identified in the recall) and to install anti-burst valves on the hydraulic rams (hazard four).

Radum will also supply new installation and operating manuals (hazard three).

Radum will then de-rate the customers’ vehicles hoist to allow for the safe continued mechanical use of the vehicle hoist for an interim period of time.

The recall notice said Radum was currently sourcing replacement mechanical components and once they became available, the replacement mechanical components would be sent to the customer for installation.

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