Auto Mechanics More Likely to be Hurt or Killed on the Job

          According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), automotive service technicians and mechanics are more likely than the average worker to be injured or killed on the job.  Mechanics are more likely than the average worker to be injured or killed on the job, as evidenced by higher rates of fatalities and injuries and illnesses , said the report.

          From 2003 to 2005, 147 mechanics were killed on the job – a fatality rate of 5.3 per 100,000 workers in 2005, compared with 4.0 for all occupations combined.  Contact with objects and equipment, such as parts and materials and vehicles, represents a significant hazard for mechanics, BLS said. Many of the remaining nonfatal injuries are due to overexertion and sprains and strains, the report showed.

See the full article Occupational Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities to Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, 2003 to 2005 by Sean Smith with the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more detail.