Professional auto mechanics and technicians face unique risks. It’s critical that they be provided with – and use – the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) like goggles and gloves. It’s also crucial to observe all safety protocols, including ensuring that hazardous and flammable substances are properly labeled, closed tightly and stored securely.
Whether you work at a car dealership, in a repair shop or for an automaker, if you’re working on vehicles, any number of things can go horribly wrong. Sometimes, simply performing the same movements every day at awkward angles can cause repetitive stress injuries.
A wide range of potential injuries
Some of most common injuries include:
- Chemical and other burns
- Eye injuries
- Muscle sprains and tears
- Slip-and-fall injuries
- Limb loss
The dangers of working on cars made the news late last year when comedian and vintage car collector Jay Leno suffered second- and third-degree burns to his face, hands and neck while working on the steam engine on one of his classic vehicles. Although steam engines aren’t something that most car mechanics and technicians need to worry about these days, Leno’s injuries are a reminder of how quickly something can get out of hand. After spending some time in a noted burn center in Los Angeles, Leno is on the mend. Not everyone is as fortunate.
What workers’ comp can do for you and your family
If you have suffered injuries while doing this kind of work, you have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical treatment and help replace wages you lose if you have to be out of work while you’re recovering. Worker’s comp benefits can also help with long-term and permanent injuries as well as with expenses and losses faced by survivors of those killed in a work-related accident.
Ohio law requires that virtually every Ohio employer provide workers’ comp benefits. If you’re having difficulty getting the benefits you need and deserve for any reason, it’s wise to seek experienced legal guidance.