It may not be the most dangerous job in the world, but working as a car mechanic doesn’t come without its risks. Car mechanics are trained, qualified individuals who are aware of the risks their job entails – here are just a few of the dangers of being a car mechanic.
Minor to life-threatening injuries
- Crushed by a car. Faulty equipment at work could mean that a vehicle falls on you whilst you are working underneath it. Thankfully, these types of accidents are fairly rare, but it could still happen, with serious or even fatal consequences.
- Injured by faulty tools and equipment. Lacerations, electric shock, burns and other injuries could all be the result of using faulty tools and equipment at work. It’s up to your employer to ensure the tools and equipment you use are safe and fit for purpose.
- Respiratory conditions. Working without protective equipment could lead to respiratory problems – for example, re-spraying a car in a poorly-ventilated environment without a face mask could leave you suffering.
- Run over by a car or other vehicle. Whilst you’re working on a car, it could roll over you, causing crush injuries. This could happen if you’re working with a careless colleague or if you’re not taking safety precautions.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning. Working in an unventilated space and leaving car engines running could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. This colourless, odourless gas can cause poisoning which can be fatal. It’s important to turn car engines off and ensure there is adequate ventilation at all times.
Why should you claim compensation after a workplace accident?
As a professional mechanic, it’s easy to think that you are responsible for your own accident – but that’s often not the case. It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure you’re safe at work. So if you’ve been injured by a tool or equipment failure, or by a colleague who has not received proper training, you could find yourself eligible to make a 100% no win, no fee* personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
Our patron, Dame Esther Rantzen, recommends us for our excellent customer service, and we have over 15 years’ industry experience helping mechanics of all ages claim compensation. So if the dangers of being a car mechanic have left you suffering and somebody else may be to blame, call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could make a claim.
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