Heavy Lifting and Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals Are Two of the Dangers Causing Mechanic Injuries and Deaths
Automobile mechanics provide an incredibly valuable service to the rest of us by maintaining our vehicles and fixing them when they break down. However, they work in a hazardous environment, risking life-altering injuries and death from using power tools, heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals. Common ways mechanics are injured include:
- Being struck by objects and equipment, such as vehicles, engine parts, and tools
- Being caught in equipment or machinery
- Overexerting when lifting heavy equipment or parts, like tires, wheels, and engine parts
- Slipping and falling on spilled oil, gasoline, water, tools, or debris left on the floor.
- Being exposed to hazardous chemicals
- Handling hot metal parts
Six Common Mechanic Injuries That Could Lead to a Workers’ Comp Claim
Many injuries are caused by employers failing to follow basic safety precautions. As a result, mechanics can suffer these injuries:
- Eye damage. When parts are flung from heavy machines unexpectedly, sparks fly from cutting torches, and metal pieces are launched from bench grinders, mechanics can suffer damage to their eyes—sometimes causing permanent changes in their vision.
- Hand injuries. A mechanic’s hands can be seriously cut, bruised or burned when he works with tools, bits, and parts heated to high temperatures, often dripping with hazardous chemicals.
- Knee and back injuries. Mechanics can suffer strains, sprains, and other back injuries from lifting heavy equipment or auto parts and stooping over vehicles. Knee injuries can result from working frequently near the floor.
- Chemical exposure. Mechanics are exposed to hazardous chemicals daily, such as brake fluid, paint, antifreeze, and many other chemicals. They can suffer eye injuries, burns, and even more life-threatening damage to their lungs from inhaling these chemicals.
- Slip and fall injuries. If a mechanic falls, he can suffer many injuries, including hip fractures, broken bones, spinal cord damage, and traumatic brain injury—sometimes resulting in his permanent disability.
- Being struck by or against object injuries. Engine parts and power tools falling on a mechanic can cause head injuries and burns if they are hot. Many mechanics suffer life-threatening injuries and deaths when a car falls off a lift, rack, or jack.
If you are a mechanic injured on the job, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation from your employer to help pay your medical bills and lost wages while you are off work healing. Unfortunately, you may have to fight to get it. Call us at 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 for a free no-obligation consultation to learn what benefits you could be entitled to and how we can help you get them.