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Auto mechanics: 3 common injuries to know about

As a car mechanic, you know your job is important. You fix vehicles to keep people on the road so they can work and go to school. In addition to being valuable to your community, your job is also dangerous. In fact, 91 mechanics died at work in 2015.

You encounter various workplace hazards as an automotive technician. Here is a list of some frequent injuries that plague mechanics who repair and maintain automobiles.

1. Hand injuries

As a motor vehicle mechanic, your hands are your best tools. You use them to handle various tools, chemicals and auto parts. If your hands come into contact with sharp objects, hot materials or abrasive chemicals, you may suffer from injuries such as irritation, burns, lacerations and carpal tunnel syndrome. You should always wear protective gloves and take necessary breaks to prevent your hands from getting hurt.

2. Chemical inhalation

Your mechanic garage may be full of potentially deadly chemicals, such as the following:

  • Antifreeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Paint
  • Gasoline fumes

These chemicals may be necessary for you to do your job, but you should take some steps to avoid inhaling them. For example, you should ensure there is proper ventilation in your workspace and always wear face masks when handling chemicals.

3. Eye damage

Your eyes are extremely vulnerable and they must always have protection. If something goes wrong in your auto shop, you may easily suffer an eye injury. Parts may fly off when using powerful machinery. Sparks or pieces of metal flakes may get into your eye if you use a grinder or torch. Wearing safety goggles is one of the most effective ways to keep your eyes safe while repairing and maintaining vehicles in your garage.

While being a mechanic may be inherently risky and hard work, you do not need to deal with injuries on your own when they occur. You should explore your options for pursuing compensation for any injury that you get at your place of work.

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