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What do mechanics do?

Mechanics work in many different industries including aviation, automotive, commercial, industrial or residential settings. Some of their main duties are to:

  • Install, repair and maintain mechanical systems.
  • Prepare cost estimates and documentation for clients.
  • Use, clean and maintain various equipment and machines.
  • Supervise apprentices or other workers.

What are some health and safety issues for mechanics?

Mechanics work in a variety of settings and may be exposed to several hazards, including:

What are some preventive measures for mechanics?

  • Keep tools and equipment in good working order.
  • Work safely with chemicals and related products.
  • Use appropriate personal protective equipment for the task, including footwear.
  • Keep work areas clear of clutter and equipment.
  • Avoid awkward positions, and repetitive tasks, or take frequent breaks.
  • Learn safe lifting techniques.
  • Follow a recommended shift work pattern, and know the associated hazards.
  • Inspect work area before work starts to identify potential hazards and their controls.
  • Follow workplace policies and procedures relating to preventing workplace violence and harassment

Please also see the series of OSH Answers fact sheets on how to work safely in a garage which includes autobody repair, batteries, fuel safety, hydraulic lifts, inflating tires, servicing vehicles and other topics.

What are some good general safe work practices?

Document last updated on September 14, 2017

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