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A Workplace In the Sky

When we think about working in the aviation industry, a life of adventure comes to mind. Jetting off to different locations and spending our days traveling seems like a glamorous lifestyle to many people. We see the pilots and flight attendants welcoming up with smiles as we board the planes and taking care of us while we travel to our various destinations. These folks make the whole process easy, or at least it seems that way. There are a lot of employees who work behind the scenes as well – the baggage handlers, the aircraft mechanics, and all the others who work together to ensure our safety in the skies. What we may fail to remember, though, is that these employees are often putting their own lives at risk on the job.

Dangers Lurk Everywhere

Dangerous situations arise quickly sometimes, and much of the time the airline crews are able to resolve a situation safely so that no one is hurt, as was the case when a Delta aircraft was struck by lightning shortly after takeoff and suffered a failure of the one engine’s anti-ice systems somewhere around Washington DC during a flight from Atlanta to the Netherlands. The crew decided to return to Atlanta due to weather conditions and landed safely back in Atlanta, with no injuries to either passengers or crew. This is just one example of the types of situations that arise more than we know in which a crew needs to make quick decisions to ensure passengers’ safety as well as their own.

More Than Just a Bumpy Ride

Turbulent-related incidents are one of the most common causes of injuries to aircraft crew members. Flight attendants remind us, as passengers, to remain buckled in – but often are unable to do so themselves because they are busy safeguarding the passengers. As a result, they endure bumps and bruises and, sometimes, far worse injuries. There are a number of other types of conditions that can lead to occupational injuries that may not be as obvious as those involving turbulents. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), working with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), recently issued a policy for improving workplace safety for aircraft cabin crewmembers and notes that, while the FAA’s aviation safety regulations take precedence, OSHA will also be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards that are currently not addressed by the FAA. In the press release announcing the policy, it is noted that aircraft cabin safety issues that fall under OSHA standards include information on dangerous chemicals, exposure to bloodborne pathogens, and hearing loss prevention programs. Rules on record-keeping and access to employee exposure and medical records are also concerns. An FAA spokesperson noted the contribution that cabin crewmembers make every day to ensure the safe operation of flights and that the policy is a good step toward putting into place the proper procedures for addressing the important concerns of cabin crew workplace health and safety.

Contact Us For Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Issue

When all of the safety measures have failed, and you have been injured on the job – whether in the skies or on the ground – you need to know the facts about your workers’ compensation rights. Contact the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, to learn how we may help you file your claim and get the results you deserve. We offer free consultations to discuss the details of your case and what you can expect based on your individual circumstances. Call us or contact us online and let our experienced legal professionals help you to begin your journey towards relief.

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Seth Bader
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