Employers’ Failures to Comply With OSHA Safety Requirements Causes Automotive Mechanics Injuries and Deaths
Automotive mechanics risk suffering life-altering injuries and death daily when they are exposed to hazardous chemicals, work with heavy machinery, and handle extremely hot metal parts. Because of the serious hazards these workers face, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has regulations for auto shops to prevent workers’ accidents. Unfortunately, many employers ignore these safety rules, resulting in many auto mechanics being needlessly hurt in workplace accidents.
Four OSHA Regulations That Auto Shops Fail to Implement
Auto shop employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment in compliance with OSHA’s safety standards. Common regulations they violate include:
- Right to know. Under OSHA’s guidelines, employees have a right to know of the risks associated with the chemicals they use—something employers often fail to inform them of. The right to know guideline also mandates detailed labeling of all chemicals, proper training of mechanics in the use of chemicals, and a plan on how the right to know requirements will be followed—rules auto shops often fail to follow.
- Protective equipment. Auto shops are required to provide safety equipment, such as goggles, respirators, noise reduction devices, and fire extinguishers. When they fail to do so, employees can suffer life-altering injuries—such as hearing loss, lung diseases, burns, and death.
- Tools. OSHA rules require all tools to be in good working condition and employees to be trained in their safe use. Heavy equipment—such as a car lift—must be inspected regularly and properly maintained. When employers don’t follow these guidelines, accidents can occur where mechanics are crushed between the machinery and other objects or are injured in other dangerous accidents.
- Shop space. Employers must ensure that floors are kept free of debris and spills and tools not being used are put away. They also must provide fire extinguishers, implement fire plans, and provide a fire-resistant booth for doing spray painting and using flammable materials. Employees can suffer catastrophic burns and injuries when employers ignore these requirements.
If you are a mechanic hurt at work, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from your employer to help pay your medical bills and lost wages while you are off work healing—if you do not become permanently disabled. Call me at 888.716.8021 for a free no-obligation consultation to learn how I can help you obtain the benefits you deserve.