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Amputation injury risks prevalent in automotive body shops

Ohio employees in the automotive body shop industry face various hazards in their workplaces every day. They are typically exposed to the dangers of working with dangerous chemicals such as primers, paints, fillers and polishes, which could damage their eyes, skin and respiratory tracts. Furthermore, they often work with mechanical equipment and moving machine parts, like sprockets and gears, that can cut and crush hands and cause severed digits and other amputation injuries.

Placing constant strain on one body part by repetition such as the stress put on the wrist with continuous use of a manual screwdriver can cause repetitive motion disorders. These can include carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendinitis and more. Frequent heavy lifting in an auto body shop is not uncommon, and without learning proper lifting techniques, workers can suffer back injuries and muscle sprains.

Without earmuffs or earplugs, workers in these facilities can suffer permanent hearing loss because they are frequently exposed to excessive noise levels. Concussions, bruises, fractures and other injuries are not uncommon in auto body shops where paint, grease and other substances coat floor surfaces, and cluttered walkways have even led to fatalities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a significant number of work-related deaths every year result from falls.

Proper personal protective gear and good housekeeping may be enough to keep workers in auto body shops safe. However, not all Ohio business owners prioritize employee safety. Any victim of a workplace accident that resulted in amputation or some other serious injury can pursue financial assistance by filing a workers' compensation benefits claims. Medical expenses and lost income are typically covered, but the help of an experienced workers' compensation attorney might help to obtain maximum benefits -- particularly in the event of permanent disability.

Source: work.chron.com, "Health Hazards in the Auto Body Shop Industry", Leigh Ann Morgan, Accessed on Nov. 3, 2017

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