Garage mechanics are exposed to a variety of accident risks, including some that may seem a little far-fetched, but possible. The following examples are imaginary, but similar accidents at work in garages have been known to happen.
- Falling cars
Raising cars on platforms, lifts or ramps is a necessity that is carried out in garages everywhere on a regular basis. If a car happened to be placed onto such a lift or ramp carelessly, it could fall and strike a mechanic working underneath the vehicle or nearby. The possible injuries inflicted in such a work accident could be life changing, if not fatal. In a real accident involving a car falling from a lift, the falling vehicle fortunately fell onto another car, so nobody was hurt.
- Popping the bonnet
Many modern cars use hydraulic systems to raise bonnets and keep them in place once open. Should the system fail for any reason, mechanics working ‘under the bonnet’ could easily suffer head, neck or back injuries.
- Stubborn nuts and bolts
Trying to remove nuts and bolts within the confined space of an engine compartment also has its risks. A mechanic using a spanner to remove a particularly stubborn nut in an awkward to reach place could, for instance, slip and smash his hand into parts of the engine. Resulting injuries could include bruising, cuts or even broken fingers.
- Volatile fumes
If a car with a petrol leak was to be brought into the garage, inadequate ventilation could result in a build-up of fumes. These fumes could be ignited by sparks from repairs carried out on other vehicles in close proximity or a ringing mobile phone, for example. This could lead to an explosion or fire injuring anyone close to the incident.
- Live equipment
Most garages use an array of electronic equipment to diagnose faults on vehicles. Should this equipment be defective, users may suffer injuries by electrocution.
The incidents described here are possible, but typically highly unlikely. More likely garage accidents involve mechanics tripping over tools or car parts; slipping on patches of oil or grease, or injuries by accidental contact with moving engine parts.
If you were hurt
Whether the circumstances of your workplace accident were unusual or related to a more common risk, chances are that you are entitled to claim for work injury compensation. The legal team of Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in handling industrial injury claims. Call our Freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for professional, helpful advice.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice