Mechanic in the industry
Who are the mechanic in the industry? Probably not just some ordinary people getting their hands dirty to earn a living.
They are the same people who keep your wheels spinning to keep you moving because in today’s race running is not enough you definitely need a motor powered wagon to keep you in front. Mechanics in the industry!.
They do it with the oceans of experience they possess by sacrificing their whole life to the vehicles. They have developed a bond that now enables them to tell the fault in the machinery just with the sound.
Why are they, heroes? To answer this, let’s get a little deeper in the components with which they deal with daily
The chemicals in oil include hydrocarbons, which are distilled from crude oil, and various additives that improve the oil’s performance. Used oil also contains chemicals which are formed when the oil is exposed to high temperatures and pressures inside an engine. It also contains some metals from engine parts and a small amount of gasoline, antifreeze, and chemicals that come from gasoline when it burns inside the engine.
The Clutch linings are made up of asbestos. Its occupational exposure can cause malignant pleural mesothelioma, which is a type of cancer.
Brake Pads/Brake Shoes
They contain chemicals like phenol and phenolic resins whose direct contact may cause leukoderma. Leukoderma (sometimes spelled leucoderma), or white skin, occurs when the melanocytes (the pigment producing cells) are selectively destroyed.
Arc welding leads to exposure to Ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified mineral based and rated them according to their risk. The lubrication grease used in motor vehicles falls in group 1 and is carcinogenic to humans.
The list doesn’t end here, the skin of a mechanic has to face some more hazardous consequences.
The outermost layer of the skin (the horny cell layer of the epidermis) acts as a barrier to prevent infection and to prevent potential allergens from penetrating the skin. Its pH is slightly acidic which can help to neutralize the degreasing agents that are in soaps(which are alkaline in nature). After a tedious day of work with bare hands, what the workshops offer their mechanics in the name of hygiene to clean their hands are detergents and soaps used for washing clothes. Excessive use of these soaps and detergents can destroy the acidity and de-fat the surface skin and hence, the protection it offers.
If the moisture content of the skin is too high (over-hydrated skin) or too low (dry skin), the skin’s barrier function may be impaired. This eventually leads to cracking of the skin due to loss of elasticity. Over-hydration of the barrier layer from prolonged contact with water, or from sweating inside gloves also results in dry skin, since impaired barrier function allows moisture in the skin to evaporate away.
Damage to the barrier layer increases the risk of infection, and also bolsters the risk of developing contact allergy, since potential allergens can gain access to the immune competent cells in the deeper layers of the skin. Some foreign substances gain access to the skin via sweat ducts and/or hair follicles, by-passing the skin barrier.
The conditions become even worse in case of mechanical or chemical injuries both of which are very common in this profession. As the components in the car are jam-packed following the concept of downsizing So, it’s very hard to reach particular components and open some hidden bolts. While doing so you are more likely to face these injuries.
Vibration white finger
It is caused by repetitive injury from hand-held vibrating tools such as sanders, polishers and air chisels. The length of exposure before symptoms develop varies from months to years, and the risk of symptoms increases with the intensity and duration of exposure. If exposure to vibration is not reduced at an early stage in the disease, permanent damage may occur.
We all get ready everyday and dress up to go to our offices that are well maintained and have very good and healthy environment. But have you ever wondered how would it be to wake up and go to work in a very ill-maintained workplace that too dressed in a dirty uniform?
Even after going through all these hazardous effects on their body, what do they get in return? A salary that is not enough for treatment of diseases that they are prone to.
Like doctors, aren’t they working to diagnose and repair your vehicles instead of you? Then why can’t they get a better life, a better workplace, a little bit of respect, a little bit of appreciation, a lot of consideration and the medical attention that they need?
Next time you get your car serviced or repaired take some moments to appreciate the person who did it to keep you moving.
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