Mechanics inspect, maintain and repair cars and light trucks. Mechanics must follow safety precautions and wear protective equipment because they encounter many hazards in the course of performing their jobs. Mechanics are exposed to many different hazards daily, including exposure to chemicals, diesel or gasoline exhaust, electrical shock or burns, crushing injuries, and others.
Since 1968, the attorneys at Joye Law Firm have fought for the rights of workers who have been hurt on the job. Our attorneys are friendly, knowledgeable and ready to assist you. We are committed to helping those who are hurt get the workers’ compensation benefits they need.
If you are a mechanic or auto service technician and you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. You put yourself at risk every day to do your job. If your employer or an insurance administrator is disputing your right to paid medical care and other benefits, let a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney at Joye Law Firm review your claim and explain your legal rights. We offer a free case review.
Causes of Auto Mechanic Injuries
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, auto mechanics are more likely to sustain injuries or be killed on the job than the average worker. Some of the most common causes of injuries to auto mechanics include:
- Heavy lifting
- Repetitive tasks
- Contact with sharp edges
- Burns from hot surfaces and scalding liquids
- Exposure to chemicals, solvents, and acids
- Diesel or gasoline exhaust exposure
- Electrical shock
- Caught in/Caught in-between accidents
- Slip and fall
- Falling objects
- Improper training
- Asbestos exposure
Mechanics may be exposed to airborne asbestos, which some automotive components such as brake pads, clutches and gaskets may contain. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause scarring of the lungs and respiratory problems. Asbestos-related disease typically develops 20 years to 40 years after exposure. A person who worked as a mechanic in the 1980s may have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to seek compensation from an asbestos manufacturer. Our attorneys can review your legal options if you or a loved one has received an asbestos cancer diagnosis.
Common Injuries for Mechanics
Common workplace injuries suffered by auto mechanics include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Lifting injuries
- Hand injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Back injuries
- Eye injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Loss of limbs
- Hearing injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Chemical burns
- Internal organ injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Inhalation/Exposure injuries
Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace for all workers, which includes adequate training, safety gear, and supervision. If safety protocols are not enforced, severe or fatal injuries could occur.
To keep employees safe, it is important to:
- Make sure that all tools are in proper working order
- Have safety protocols for working with or near chemicals
- Provide proper protective equipment to all workers
- Keep workspaces clear of clutter or debris
- Teach all workers safe lifting techniques
- Give frequent breaks and avoid repetitive motions