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Working under cars only supported by a jack may cause severe injury or death

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People can be crushed to death or severely injured when working under a car that is only supported by a jack.

Over the past decade, at least 46 Australians have been crushed and killed when working under a vehicle.

On average, 160 injuries are associated with jacks each year. Injuries range from amputation to fractures and crush injuries.

Most of the deaths were men and involved the vehicle being lifted or supported in the wrong way. Home mechanics are most at risk of this type of death or injury.

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