The subject pops up now and then about working on a car and the proper means of support. I think many agree that heavy jackstands and even leaving a jack or two in place as insurance is by far the safest thing to do other than using heavy steel ramps with concrete blocks or homemade wooden stands not being recommended.
Failure to do this hit kind of close to home today. The local paper here this evening had a story about someone being killed almost instantly when a car fell on them. Digging into the story I discover that the deceased is the wife of a long time friend of mine. I’ve known him since the late 60s in high school and his wife since the early 70s.
Apparently out on his little horse acreage his wife (who tinkers a bit) had her near 50 year old Thunderbird up on a couple of heavy wooden “cribs” as they were referred to. Around 8 last night his wife decided to get under the car and check something out or change the oil, etc. The cribs collapsed and the car crushed her. The police showed up quickly and one of the cops got on a small tractor they had there and lifted the car up but she was DOA at the hospital.
If someone in the future mentions car supports on this forum feel free to steer them to this post. It could reinforce any suggestions that one can never be too careful when several tons of iron are hanging over your head.