The car garage and automotive repair shop is one of the most dangerous workplaces.
With a number of specialist tools and equipment being used every day, as well as a number of other work-related hazards, it’s easy to see why so many employees get injured each year. But there are a number of things you can do and watch out for injuries as an employer of a workshop.
In this article we’ll take a look at some of the most common workplace issues that arise and how you can avoid workshop injuries.
Slips and trips
As part of their day-to-day responsibilities, your employees are likely to be around slippery and greasy liquids that can result in a slippery floor surface, increasing the overall risk of accidents. Among their PPE equipment should also be closed-toe, anti-skid boots or shoes. These will help to mitigate the risk of falling.
Also, make sure the floor of your garage or workshop stays clean and clear of clutter, cleaning any spillages as soon as they happen. You can also use cones and signage where necessary as warnings.
Strains and sprains
As repairing an automotive of any size is a demanding job, sprains, strains and muscle soreness is almost guaranteed to happen over time. From repetitive motions while under the bonnet and lifting and lowering machinery, all often contribute towards these types of injuries.
Making sure the correct safety measures are followed and machinery is used to help alleviate the toll on your employees bodies, will help to prevent any long-term damage. You could also encourage your employees to take a few minutes each morning to warm-up their bodies and get them moving ready for the day ahead.
Mechanics and other automotive repair specialists are at risk of injuring their eyes. With a lengthy amount of time spent under the bonnet of a car, as well as underneath the chassis where they’re susceptible to falling debris and chemicals, it’s crucial that you protect your employees eyes. The best way to do this is to ensure they’re always wearing safety goggles, and that you have a large supply available.
Your technicians and engineers are likely to be handling corrosive and flammable liquids as a regular part of their job. As an employer, you’ll need to make sure everything is labelled correctly with the appropriate pictogram or hazard statements. You must also include any safety handling information and what to do in case of exposure. You could also run training days to ensure everyone is clued up on what they need to do and how to handle correctly.