Working as an auto mechanic can be a lucrative and highly rewarding job but it is also one that is potentially dangerous. In the last five years there have been over 8000 work related injuries in the UK in this field and 24 deaths. So while this is the perfect occupation for those who love fixing and customising cars it is essential that those who go into this profession always do so fully appreciative of the dangers that lurk everywhere. As with all walks of life, a little bit of common sense will be sufficient to keep you safe, but here is a list of five of the most common problems that you could face.
Eye Damage: This is an issue which will most affect those working in a body shop where more metal work is done than in a traditional garage, but it is still something that should be considered by all mechanics. There is a lot of powerful machinery in any garage and the possibility of parts flying off unexpectedly at high speed is something that you should always be aware of. To eradicate the possibility of this type of injury eye protection should be worn whenever there is even the slightest possibility of damage to the eyes occurring.
Hand Injuries: As a mechanic you will be exposed to abrasive chemicals and tools and bits and parts that can reach extremely high temperatures. For these reasons it is always advisable to wear gloves when at work. Even on jobs where delicacy is involved, a pair of gloves should be worn just in case. Heavy duty gloves are obviously preferable but any type of material which protects the skin is also good even when working on the most mundane of jobs. Spills are not the only thing to consider as the mechanic should always be aware of the danger of falling objects which could crush, causing more serious injuries.
Knee and Joint Injuries: As a mechanic you will continually need to get on your knees in order to take a look at something on floor level. Some of the most common types of injuries reported by mechanics in the long-term are those which affect the knees. As the injury is one sustained over a long period it is easy to not consider it as a risk, but this would be grave mistake as one easy way to alleviate this problem is by simply buying some knee protecting mats which can placed on the work station in just a few seconds.
Chemical Inhalation: All aspects of this profession involve the exposure to potentially life threatening chemicals. These can be found in paint, brake fluid, antifreeze, and a whole host of other places. These chemical may affect the eyes as has already been mentioned, but the real damage can be done through inhalation. It is essential that you are aware of the hazards involved in using the chemicals you need for your job. Masks should always be worn whenever there is even the slightest possible chance of injury through inhalation. The carbon monoxide being released from a running car is also something that you should always be conscious of at all times.
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