Though airport activity is typically routine, every once in awhile an incident occurs that is so devastating that it serves as an instant reminder of the range of things that could possibly go wrong. One such horrific story is that of the recent tragic incident at the Mumbai airport in which an engineer died after being sucked into the engine of an Air India plane. It is hard to imagine an airport accident that could be more horrific than this.
Baggage Handling Is a Tough Business
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has, quite thankfully, not experienced an accident of this type, but when something of this magnitude happens anywhere in the aviation industry, it is a reminder to everyone of the dangers involved when working within this industry. Workers are often working with large equipment in all types of conditions, a combination of factors that lends itself to potentially dangerous situations. An accident such as the one in Mumbai is rare, but other types of accidents happen with more frequency and are undoubtedly easier to prevent. A quick online search reveals that accidents involving baggage handlers happen with some regularity. These employees are moving heavy and cumbersome pieces of luggage and are often working under time constraints. Cargo must be loaded quickly to keep flight schedules on time, and these workers do their best to keep everything moving.
Seat Belts Are For Everyone’s Safety
One of the more common types of baggage handler accidents involve the employees who drive the vehicles transporting the baggage to and from the aircraft. Driving a baggage tractor can be a hazardous job which is frequently made even more dangerous when workers — who are often in a rush — neglect to wear seat belts. Wearing a seat belt while driving one of these vehicles would prevent many of the accidents that occur, but just as many roadway drivers fail to follow the laws requiring seat belt usage, airport workers often fail to wear them out of habit even when they are available. For example, Delta airlines agreed to install seat belts on its airport vehicles after a baggage handler died several years ago after being thrown from a vehicle. However, the switch was a change for ramp workers who were not accustomed to wearing them. The operators of these vehicles often do not wear them because the rules regarding seat belt usage have not been enforced on a regular basis.
If You Have Been Injured On The Job, Contact Us To Discuss Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Even when safety measures are in place and employees are following the proper procedure, accidents will still happen. Employers are required to maintain a safe workplace for their employees and can be held liable if they fail to do so. If a worker is injured during the course and in the scope of his or her employment, he or she is entitled to receive workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is an accident insurance program paid by the employer which may provide medical, rehabilitation and income benefit. If you have been injured on the job, contact The Bader Law Firm, LLC . The legal professionals at Bader Law Firm, LLC, are eager to help you to understand your rights regarding workers’ compensation and to obtain the relief you are entitled to receive. We offer free consultations so that you may get the information you need to decide your best course of action. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a time to meet with us to discuss your case.