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Typical workplace injuries in auto repair shops

Workers in all industries in California face safety hazards, some of which are unique to their occupations. Those who earn their living in auto repair shops face an almost endless list of dangers each day. The diversity of their jobs expose workers in automobile repair services to hazardous chemicals, fire and explosion risks, workplace injuries caused by machinery and tools, and ergonomic injuries caused by the awkward postures in which they do many of their tasks.

Employers are responsible for the health and safety of workers. It is therefore up to employers to develop environments in which safety is the focus. All workers must be provided with personal protective equipment that includes coveralls, gloves, safety boots, safety glasses and ear protection. At the same time, the necessary safety devices and guards must protect workers from making contact with dangerous machine parts.

Proper training is crucial for those who work with hazardous chemicals. Workers must understand the information on material safety data sheets for all the chemicals that they will handle. Easy access to eyewash stations is crucial. Safety sessions must include emergency safety training to prepare workers for fires and explosions.

Auto mechanics and others who risk their lives in auto repair shops might find comfort in knowing that their medical expenses and lost wages will be covered in the event of accidents that cause workplace injuries. The California workers' compensation program will have their backs. The support and guidance of an experienced attorney can simplify the administrative and legal proceedings of benefits claims, allowing injured workers to focus on recovering and getting back to work.

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