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Automotive Industry Safety & Health - Vehicle Removal, Transporting and Salvage


Photo courtesy of CDC. Implementing vehicle inspections can ensure that they are safe to operate

Implementing vehicle inspections can ensure that they are safe to operate.

Photo courtesy of CDC.

Tow operators are like heroes to some when it comes to providing roadside assistance, removing vehicles that are either broke down or involved in accidents, or they can become a person's worst nightmare when they repossess or impound vehicles.

Workers in this industry can be exposed to a variety of hazards:

  • Awkward lifting.
  • Moving vehicles (road traffic, heavy equipment).
  • Spills/splashes (fuels, oils, battery acid).
  • Weather.

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  • Bloodborne pathogens (needles, blood, human and animal waste).
  • Chemicals.
  • Electrical (contact with overhead or downed power lines).
  • Falls.
  • Heat illness.
  • Loud noise.
  • Psychological/Emotional stress (contact with severely injured or dead people and animals).
  • Slips and trips.
  • Workplace violence.

These hazards can result in hospitalization for injuries, permanent partial disability, and in some cases, even death.

Information provided in this industry page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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