Automotive services

The automotive services industry is comprised of a variety of job functions which fall into different classifications. Repair or service work (such as batteries, tires, oil changes, tune-ups, brakes, etc.), auto body repair, automotive sales, and auto recycling / towing services all make up this diverse industry. Exposure to chemicals, cuts and lacerations, noise exposure, and improper or prolonged heavy lifting are regular dangers. Automotive service workers who sustain a work-related injury can benefit from an early return to work program that provides light duty job tasks.

It is always in the best interest of both the company and the employee to return the injured individual to work as soon as possible. Below is a list of transitional job tasks for injured automotive service workers. Employers should always make sure to get doctor approval and provide a written job offer letter to the injured employee before starting them on any light duty job.

  • Train new employees
  • Update MSDS library
  • Pick up and deliver cars
  • Drive the courtesy van
  • Be a service greeter
  • Answer the phone for the service manager or parts shop
  • Sort/organize, inventory, and order parts
  • Be a parts or tool runner
  • Do lighting repairs, painting, and other light maintenance or repair work
  • Call in service contracts for approval
  • Call on new accounts or make sales calls
  • Build, clean, or organize displays
  • Counter work including entering service requests, invoices, and collecting payments
  • Safety training
  • Perform shop, equipment, and vehicle safety inspections