The aim of this study was to determine the physical development level of post-adolescent automotive repair workers who had been employed in heavy work during adolescence, a critical developmental period. Young workers (Group 1, N = 106, Mean age = 18.33, SD = 0.65) employed an average of 6 years in workshops in the capital of Turkey, Ankara. For the control group, two groups of the same age but having a difference in terms of socioeconomic status were chosen. The first one of these was comprised of individuals who had the same socioeconomic status as the laborers (Group 2, N = 106, Mean age = 18.33, SD = 0.65) but were not laborers. The second control group was composed of individuals from the higher socioeconomic levels of society (Group 3, N = 100, Mean Age = 18.45 SD = 0.63). Weight, height and measures were taken from the individuals and the body mass index (kg/m(2)) was calculated. The results of the analysis show that, although all the variables of the labor group were lower than Group 2, the difference is only significant for the height variable (p <0.05). These findings reveal that, having completed a critical developmental period such as adolescence after being employed in heavy work, the automotive repair youngsters are prone to chronic developmental retardation.