As a mechanic, if you suffer a work-related injury in the scope of your work, you’re generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
On average, mechanics service and repair more than 276 million vehicles every year. Sadly, this exposes mechanics to dangerous chemicals, electrocution and burns, slips and falls, losing limbs, and even death. Here are some of the hazards your mechanic faces to put your car back on the road.
1. Electrical Hazards
Due to the nature of their work, mechanics face the danger of electrocution or electrical shock. Vehicles have electrical components and batteries that use or produce electricity, thereby posing the risk of electrocution. Not forgetting broken and bent metal parts that require power tools and welding to restore their function.
2. Chemical Hazards
You’re sure to find a variety of chemicals in the automotive shop ranging from paints, brake fluids, coolants, battery acids, solvents, and other corrosive substances. Exposure to these chemicals may burn, corrode or damage the skin, especially if the mechanic doesn’t use personal protective equipment. Worse still, some clutches and brakes contain asbestos which puts the mechanics at a risk of cancer and respiratory illnesses.
3. Slip-And-Fall Hazards
Spillage of slippery substances like engine oil, elbow grease, paints, and other lubricating fluids poses slip and fall hazards. In addition, slick and dangerous wet spots on the garage floor may cause workers to fall and twist or break their bones.
4. Loss of Limbs
The cutting machines that mechanics use are usually powerful and sharp, meaning even the slightest mistake is enough to cause a severe finger, hand, toe, or leg injury. Other times, loose clothes and hair may get caught between moving parts causing catastrophic injuries.
5. Fire Hazards
Remember that automobiles use highly flammable substances like gasoline and diesel to power their engines. They also use other flammable substances like paints, welding gas for welding metals, and pentane for removing paints. Unfortunately, when these substances are exposed to open flames, welding flames, or electrical shorts, they can start a fire and burn the mechanic in the process.
Seeking Workers Compensation
As a mechanic, if you suffer a work-related injury in the scope of your work, you’re generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Get in touch with an experienced Missouri workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann for a free case evaluation.
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