Workers' Comp for Auto Shops

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Why do auto shop workers need workers' comp insurance?

Auto shop workers, including mechanics, may be easily injured in their workplaces and should carry appropriate insurance coverage in case of accidents. Workers’ compensation, sometimes called workers’ comp or workman’s comp, can help cover medical fees and lost wages for auto-work-related injuries.

Not only is workers’ comp coverage legally required for almost all auto shop businesses with employees‚ but it also helps provide protection for the business by reducing its financial risk.

The most common injuries experienced by employees working in auto shops are:

  • Overexertion
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Slipping, tripping, falls
  • Chemical burns

Learn more about how workers’ compensation insurance can help protect auto shop workers and their employers.


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What does workers' compensation insurance cover?

Workers’ compensation insurance helps provide medical, rehabilitation, and disability benefits for auto shop workers who become injured as a direct result of their job. Workers’ comp may also pay death benefits to an employee’s dependents if the mechanic or auto worker is killed in a work-related incident.

In addition to helping auto shop employees and their families, workers’ compensation insurance can also help protect auto shop business owners. Workers’ compensation helps protect auto businesses from liability for employees’ workplace injuries, and it helps keep employers from having to pay directly out of pocket for those injuries. This coverage may reduce the risk of a significant financial loss if an auto shop worker is harmed while performing work duties.

Depending on the laws in your state, to be considered compensable and therefore eligible for workers’ compensation, auto shop worker injuries must:

  • have happened to an auto shop employee (not a vendor or independent contractor),

  • be the result of an auto workplace injury or illness during employment, and

  • cause impairment and/or lost wages.

What are relevant types of class codes?

When you’re ready to start your 3-minute quote, you’ll need to know your auto shop business’s class code.


A class code is assigned by the National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI) or by state agencies—and is created based on the activities and risk level the work requires.


There are many different workers’ comp class codes within the auto industry. Below are a few of the most common class codes in the industry.


8111Automotive repair and maintenance

8380 – Auto service/repair center

8393 – Repair operations

8748 – Automobile salesperson

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