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Airport Worker Safety

January 30, 2020
Airport Workers

Airline workers face several different hazards while on the job. Airports are big places and accidents can happen anywhere, leaving employees with serious, sometimes fatal injuries. If you or someone you know was injured on the job. You may be eligible for compensation. Types of airline workers that can sustain injuries include:

  • Belt Loaders
  • Flight Attendants
  • Baggage Handlers
  • Fuel Truck Drivers
  • Gate Agents/Crew
  • Technicians
  • Mechanics
  • Ground Crew

Types of Injuries

Airport workers are at risk for many different injuries, including:

  • Slip and falls: Slip and fall injuries can happen to any type of airline worker, whether they are part of the ground crew or a baggage handler. These injuries can result in broken bones, injuries to the head and neck, and back injuries.
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome: This is a repetitive stress injury that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is caused by pressure on your median nerve.
  • Crushing injuries: These injuries have the potential of happening on the airport apron in a struck-by accident. Crushing injuries, as well as lacerations, are usually sustained by wing walkers and ramp agents.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders: Also called repetitive motion injuries, these are common among airline employees who lift heavy luggage, and whose job requires them to bend and twist daily.
  • Electrical accidents: Electrical accidents include burns and shocks and are normally sustained by mechanics and technicians who service airplanes.
  • Workplace violence: Workplace violence can happen between employees or between passengers. Airline workers are also at risk for being the targets of violent acts of terrorism that can have lasting effects on their mental state.

Following a 2013 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport that killed one security officer and wounded two others, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has taken actions to boost worker security. They now require active shooter training, as well as biannual evacuation drills, according to a TSA report.

Workers’ Compensation for Injured Employees

Workers’ compensation provides wage replacement, medical treatment, and permanent disability compensation to employees who were injured on the job, or who developed an illness as a result of their job. If an employee dies as a result of a job-related illness or injury, workers’ compensation provides death benefits to the employee’s dependents. If you were injured while on the job, it is important to report the injury to your employer and seek medical treatment as soon as possible. In New Jersey, the law requires that all employers who are not covered by federal programs provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees.

Cherry Hill Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP Represent Injured Airport Workers

If you or someone you know was injured on the job, contact a Cherry Hill workers’ compensation lawyer at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP. Our experienced lawyers will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 856-761-3773. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we help injured workers throughout South Jersey, including Camden, Cinnaminson, Delran, Maple Shade, and Pennsauken.

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