Experts in this field work health and safety experts who have focused their studies on automotive repairs, including those undertaken on cars, trucks, motorbikes, and machinery. WH&S relates to the management of risks to the health and safety of anyone visiting a business, including workers, customers, and suppliers. In this case, it relates to the mechanics, engineers, vehicle owners, and suppliers of parts and other accouterments to the repair site. Due to the physical nature of automotive repairs, there is plenty of risk posed to these groups.
Some of the consequences of inadequate WH&S in automotive repair can lead to severe injury or even death. There are the usual musculoskeletal considerations of any work space, but amplified due to the enormity of the components workers will be handling at any given moment. Repairs may involve liquids or large panes of glass, both of which can be dangerous if managed incorrectly. Managed health and safety in a mechanic business, or similar repair shop, requires strict adherence to safety restrictions and guidelines. Spills must be cleaned promptly; overhead works must be conducted safely, and all equipment must be maintained properly.
WH&S expertise in this area is usually sought to promote the well-being of all visitors and workers to the site of the repairs, and to ensure safe practices are being promoted and enforced during the works. Protecting workers and visitors in this way both safeguards their personal health and the interests of the repair company, protecting them from legal action.
Experts in this area come from many professional backgrounds. Most will have come from an auto-repairs background themselves, or have worked alongside machinery as engineers or specialists. Some will be trained OH&S experts, or generalised ergonomists. They may also come from a medical background, from doctors specialising in injuries at work to physiotherapists. The specific specialisation and background needed in your auto repair expert will be determined by the matter which requires examination.
At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.Expertise in Action
Experts in WH&S as it relates to automotive repairs can be called upon to assist in policy design, enforcement and creation of safety measures, injuries sustained during the repair process, and safety incidents occurring on-site.Sample Reports
For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.Cost
The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:
- The need for a view or inspection of a location
- The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
- Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
- Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
A useful checklist identifying many potential safety pitfalls in this environment.Automotive workshops: Work health and safety guidelines
A government resource on WH&S specifically in automotive repair shops.Safety guide for automotive mechanic workshops
An overview of the risks associated with automotive workshops and causing a huge amount of workers compensation claims.Relevant Cases Talaeibarforous v Kayenne Pty Ltd (Civil Claims)  VCAT 1523 (9 September 2016)
A case concerning the work of an auto-repair shop.Related Blog Articles
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