Recommendations that could be implemented to increase productivity and lessen the risk of injury are listed below:
The present Automotive/Heavy Equipment Shop is inadequate for the type and volume of work that the Automotive Mechanic performs. A larger, more modern space is required. This space should be equipped with a proper ventilation system, an effective lighting system and be equipped with the proper number and type of tools and equipment required in a diverse mechanic shop. Floor and overhead hoists require adequate space around them to allow for access and egress. A pit to service vehicles and heavy equipment will decrease the time required to hoist or jack up these pieces for servicing. A stakeholder needs assessment should be conducted to determine the actual requirements of the Automotive/Heavy Equipment Shop. Consult industry to determine space requirements based on the number of mechanics on staff and the footprint of various tools and equipment, etc.
Encourage the Automotive Mechanic to be active away from work focusing on cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.
Provide regular education in effective use of the body and neutral joint positions for this type of work.
Encourage the Automotive Mechanic to ask for assistance when handling heavy and/or oversized parts or pieces of equipment
5. Provide kneepads for the Automotive Mechanic for the times he will spend in a kneeling position when servicing a vehicle.
Purchase current vehicle manuals with easy to read fonts and diagrams.
Investigate a padded handle for the pistol grip air tools. Each Automotive Mechanic may require their own impact gun or changeable grip so that the pistol grip can be matched to the user’s handgrip. Investigate the use of a variable speed impact gun to reduce the jarring force at the end of the cycle.