Is the job worth your life?
There is a lot of pride in being an auto mechanic—you bring complex machines back to life, help keep drivers and passengers safe, and contribute directly to the smooth running of our fuel-based economy. However, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, “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.”1 The report presents chilling statistics. For example, did you know that from 2003 to 2005, 147 mechanics were killed on the job in the U.S.? This fatality rate was higher than the rate for all non-military occupations combined.
Yet, "the median number of days away from work for injured or ill mechanics in 2005 was 5 days,"2 according to the same report, which is "less than the median of 7 days for all occupations."3 It's good to be a hard worker, but does the work itself need to be this hard or this dangerous?
Cost of Injuries
According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, “U.S. businesses spend more than a billion dollars a week on the most disabling, nonfatal workplace injuries.”4 Overexertion and falls at the same level are the leading causes of this staggering financial burden.
Pro Tips for Tool Selection
When choosing your bolting tools—or any tool in general—don’t be fooled by bold claims. Just because a manufacturer uses the terms “ergonomics” and “ergonomically-designed,” that doesn’t always mean that the tool’s design is truly ergonomic. To make sure that you get the best tools for the jobs you need to get done, do a thorough evaluation of your tasks and your work environment. What may work well for some, may not be right for you. Following basic guidelines will help you make a more informed decision.
In selecting power tools, EHS Today, the leading workplace safety publication, recommends paying special attention to vibration and contact stress that can result from using the tool and offers guidelines to help you be smart about using these tools.
Faster, Safer Bolting
The LION from HYTORC is affordable, extremely accurate, and delivers repeatable results. The lightweight, cordless torque gun is made specifically for smaller bolting applications. At 7 lbs (with battery), the LION Gun weighs less than a typical impact gun or a manual clicker wrench. And because of its repeatable accuracy, you won’t need additional tools or systems to measure the torque post-installation.
1, 2, 3 Occupational Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities to Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, 2003 to 2005 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
4 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index
5 Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
6 Ergonomic Guidelines for Selecting Hand and Power Tools