Common Hazards of Working in the Auto Industry


Working in auto injury can be rewarding, yet an often strenuous profession. There is something soothing about working with your hands, although it does come with its risks. Here are a few examples of common hazards faced by workers in the auto industry.

Risk of Pain and Injury

The biggest risk of being an autoworker is the risk of pain or injury. Depending on what kind of work you’re doing, you can risk sprains, tears, fractures, and any other physical injury that can be caused by heavy machinery. Mechanics who spend long amounts of time hunched in a particular position often suffer back injuries or nerve problems and those who work with large machines are always at risk of getting into an industrial accident. Musculoskeletal injuries due to over-exertion are also common from lifting heavy parts or spending time in awkward positions.

Risk of Shock or Burn

When dealing with high-powered machinery that relies on electrical currents, there is always a risk of shock or burn. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 166 fatal electrical injuries in 2019. That accounts for workers across all different industries, however, it shows you the risks that those who deal with electrical equipment face. No matter how comfortable you feel operating a piece of machinery, you should always take the proper precautions to avoid injury. Eclectic shocks and burns can cause long-lasting health effects that may threaten your ability to work in the future.

Exposure to Gasoline and Other Fuel

Constantly breathing in gasoline and diesel fuel can have serious impacts on your lungs and other organ systems. Gasoline poisoning can cause symptoms such as difficulty breathing, throat swelling, vision loss, abdominal pain, headaches, dizziness, and even depression. Autoworkers, especially mechanics should be aware of exposure to gasoline and other fuel. It can be difficult to avoid completely, but wearing a mask and taking other precautions to avoid constantly breathing in fumes can help you avoid health complications.

Exposure to Asbestos 

Asbestos was a material that was commonly used in the auto industry in the early 20th century — until it was discovered that the material caused lung damage and cancer. Many autoworkers were unknowingly subjected to this harmful mineral and have suffered adverse health effects years later. The effects of asbestos often do not reveal themselves until years later — however when they do it can often be deadly. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos that can be devastating. If you are an autoworker who has been exposed to asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation in the form of a settlement. The Mesothelioma Cancer Network has resources available on how to file a claim if you have been unfairly exposed to this deadly material.