If you own a garage that employs one or more mechanics, panel beaters, valetors, trades or administration staff, your motor trade insurance must also include Employer Liability cover, which protects your employees in the case of workplace incidents.
As a responsible employer you want to minimise the risk of accidents in the workplace or illnesses caused by the nature of the work taking place. Garages hide many pitfalls on a daily basis, so here are a few things you can do to keep your garage employees safe at work:
Trips and Falls
Falling, tripping and slipping is very common in garages, but so often these accidents are avoidable. There is a lot of equipment that can be fallen over if left lying around: cables, jacks, tools.
The key to avoiding falling or tripping is to keep the garage as tidy and organised as possible. Train employees early on to put equipment away when they have finished with it. Or if they are still using it, keep it away from walkways, or somewhere it cannot be seen.
With the many liquids used in car repair, slipping is also an occupational hazard. Make it common practise to mop up any spills as soon as they occur, remembering that oil and similar fluids can need extra cleaning,
Keeping eyes safe
It’s not only sharp items sticking out of cars and equipment that can be harmful to eyes. There can also be a lot of dangerous particles from metal flying around, as well as flicks of paint or other liquids.
The best way to protect against injury is by always wearing protective eyewear, such as googles. It should become common practise and second nature to put eye protection on as soon as you start work. There are many serious consequences to eye injuries, so it’s not worth taking any risks.