If you suffer an accident as a mechanic and are injured in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation, just like anyone else that has suffered a workplace injury through someone else’s carelessness or negligence.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to help advise any mechanic who has suffered an injury at work and believes they may be entitled to compensation as a result. Every workplace environment has the potential to be a source of injuries and garages are certainly no exception. The use of heavy equipment and the fact that mechanics are working with heavy vehicles means that accidents can occur, even if the workplace in question is adhering to health and safety regulations. In reality, human error is not easily accounted for, although steps can be taken to mitigate it.
What could cause an accident as a mechanic?
As suggested, there are a number of different types of injury a mechanic might suffer from in the workplace. Given the amount of welding that happens in a motor vehicle repair premises, there are going to be sparks, which can potentially lead to eye injuries. Of course, under health and safety procedures, a mechanic would be wearing appropriate eye-protection gear but what if some stray sparks struck a member of staff who happened to be passing an area where welding repairs are being carried out? It can happen.
The use of chemicals in the motor vehicle repair business is another potential source of injury, as is the lifting equipment used to access particular points on a vehicle. Something as straightforward as a slip on a floor area that has not been cleaned can cause an accident, leading to an injury, serious or otherwise.
An employee might believe, given a particular set of circumstances, that an accident they have suffered from at work is not the fault of their employer. Nonetheless, it needs to be remembered that an employer has a legal obligation to protect members of staff from injury in the workplace, so any accident that does occur may very well be as a result of employer negligence. It is also important for all workers to realize that even if an accident is the result of negligence by a colleague, and not the employer per se, they are still entitled to file for accident compensation.
Where can I get help?
Anyone who has suffered a workplace injury has ease of mind that Accident Advice Helpline is available to call 24 hours a day. If you are a mechanic and have experienced a workplace injury, contact Accident Advice Helpline without further delay. With expertise covering the entire spectrum of the law, a mechanic seeking accident compensation can be assured that their claim will be handled by an experienced professional. The operation of a 100% no win, no fee* system in respect of all claims is another benefit of using Accident Advice Helpline.
Date Published: May 4, 2014
Author: David Brown