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Common Hazards Mechanics Face

People who work in automotive mechanic shops face some very serious risks due to the nature of their jobs. There are many ways that employers can reduce the chance of injuries, and it behooves them to do so since the onus is on the business to keep the workers safe.

Some hazards are more common than others in this industry. Focusing on these can greatly improve worker safety.

Eye injuries

Eye injuries are problematic because of the chemicals that workers use, as well as the chance of things falling into the eyes while mechanics are under vehicles. Wearing safety goggles is the primary way for workers to avoid these injuries since the eyes will be protected from liquids, as well as solids.

Overexertion injuries

The way that mechanics have to move can lead to overexertion injuries. Using proper tools and stretching before work and during the shift can reduce the chance of this occurring. It is also necessary for workers who are having aches and pains to seek medical care if they aren’t getting any better since mechanics can suffer from cumulative trauma injuries.

Chemical burns

Some of the fluids that are used in this field are caustic, and others can also irritate the skin. Suffering from chemical burns is a medical emergency. One of the primary focuses when a person is exposed to chemicals is to get them off the skin. Determining how to treat these can be complex since some react with water and can’t be rinsed off. Severe burns or ones across large areas of the body might require extensive treatment that won’t allow the mechanic to return to work.

Traumatic amputations

The sharp objects and power tools used in this profession can lead to traumatic amputations. This is often a finger, thumb or hand. Using proper safety protocol can reduce the risk of having something severed. Make sure tools are in good shape and don’t have any worn spots or defects.

Slipping or tripping

Workers can slip on fluids that spill or drip on the shop floor. Non-slip shoes and swift clean-up are imperative. Sometimes, cords strewn on the floor can cause workers to trip. Using cord covers can help to prevent this.

Mechanics who are injured should be able to count on workers’ compensation to cover medical bills. If they have to take time off work, they might also be able to receive other benefits.