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Reducing New Jersey Workers’ Comp Exposures in Auto Repair Shops

Reducing New Jersey Workers’ Comp Exposures in Auto Repair ShopsReducing New Jersey Workers’ Comp Exposures in Auto Repair Shops

For your clients in the auto repair business, it probably comes as no surprise that they are in one of the riskiest jobs there is in the auto field when it comes to employee injuries. Workers in auto repair shops frequently file New Jersey Workers’ Comp claims for injuries to the eyes, fingers, back, hands, and more.

These injuries are typically caused by cuts, particles impacting unprotected eyes, lifting injuries, respiratory difficulties, etc. While the only fool-proof way for your clients to financially protect themselves from New Jersey Workers’ comp claims is to purchase the right type of insurance coverage, there are also steps they can take to potentially reduce exposures and prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.

The best way to find out how certain risks might be avoided is to talk to the employees of the auto repair shop. Find out from them what they think might hurt them on the job, and then ask what could be changed to make them feel safer or potentially prevent accidents and injuries. It’s equally important to ensure that all staff is consistently trained on safety protocols and proper business practices. This ranges from wearing protective eye-wear to using proper lifting techniques.

How else can injuries be avoided? The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries offers the following tips, which are relevant no matter what state your client resides in.

Prevent eye injuries by:

  • Developing an eye protection use policy and working with employees to find eye protection that works for them.
  • Enforcing the use of eye protection by employees whenever they are on the shop floor.

Prevent finger cuts and lacerations by:

  • Providing protective gloves, and keeping any blades uses sharp to avoid the need to apply excessive force.
  • Encouraging employees to always cut away from their body, rather than towards themselves.
  • Making sure that discarded blades aren’t left around the shop where workers can cut themselves.

Prevent back and other musculoskeletal injuries by:

  • Insisting that employees always use jacks and lifting aids for lifting and holding heavy parts for installation.
  • Storing heavy parts above the floor- between knee and shoulder level.
  • Using rolling work stands so workers avoid having to bend over to pick up tools.

These are just a few of the safety precautions that your clients and their employees should follow when working in the auto repair field. At the Associated Specialty Insurance Agency, Inc., we understand that fostering a culture of safety with ongoing training and supervision is key to mitigating risk and securing an affordable, effective New Jersey Auto Related Workers Compensation Insurance Program. Please contact us today at (866) 679-7457 to learn more about the various industries we serve.

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