WorkSafe Victoria issued a safety alert about the hazards associated with working underneath raised vehicles in the auto repair industry following the death of a mobile mechanic.
A mobile mechanic has died while working underneath a raised vehicle.
Working alone at a private residence, the man was fatally injured when the vehicle he was working underneath rolled off a trolley jack and crushed him. WorkSafe is investigating the incident.
Many workers in the auto repair industry are required to work on vehicles outside of a workshop, such as at another workplace or private residence.
The alert said servicing and repairing vehicles frequently requires the vehicle to be raised on a hoist or trolley jacks to enable work to be undertaken on the underside of the vehicle.
Serious crush injuries can occur when:
To reduce the risks associated with working on vehicles, the alert said: