Airports are extremely busy places, filled with potentially dangerous conditions of all types, not just for passengers, but also for the thousands of workers that larger airports employ to keep things running smoothly. Potentially hazardous conditions exist on the tarmac, inside the terminals, and also in the aircraft itself. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, notes that airline crew job hazards have evolved over the years. As a result of 9/11 there is a whole new list of heightened safety concerns. Aircrew, including pilots and flight attendants, experience the mental and physical stress of the job as well as potential hazards such as exposure to cosmic radiation, communicable disease, and pesticides. The CDC notes that in the past, when smoking was allowed on flights, cigarette smoke exposure was more common, but aircrew employees are still exposed to secondhand smoke at airports where smoking is still permitted. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport’s smoking policy is that smoking is not generally permitted in public airport areas, but some designated smoking areas do exist inside the airport.
Not Just Smoke – There’s More!
While injuries sustained as a result of secondhand smoke exposure may not be something employers in the aviation industry can do much to prevent from occurring, there are many other types of workplace injuries that can occur in airline jobs. Some of these many include baggage handling/cart accidents and cargo loading injuries, mechanic injuries, slip and fall injuries, service vehicle and tarmac taxiing accidents, plane crashes, and turbulence-related injuries sustained by flight crew members.
What Measures Are in Place to Protect Airline Workers?
Employers in this industry can lessen the chances of these types of incidents occurring by implementing workplace safety programs and ensuring that their employees have the safest possible workplace available. The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (which includes the right to bring to the attention of an employer a health and safety concern or report an injury to the employer). The Federal Aviation Administration, the United States Department of Transportation, and OSHA have worked together to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to make the coordination and cooperation easier between the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding certain OSHA standards to airplanes’ cabin crewmembers while they are on board airplanes that are in operation.
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Matter
As one could expect, the laws concerning workplace injuries in the aviation industry can be quite difficult to understand. At the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you navigate the workers’ compensation system if you have been injured on the job. We offer free consultations and invite you to contact us online or call to schedule a time for us to review your case and give you the information you need to pursue the relief you are entitled to.