Here in the greater Atlanta area, we have easy access to one of the country’s business airports. Living close to an airport such as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a convenience not just for those folks who want or need to travel, but also for those who work in the travel industry. Atlanta’s airport is one of the busiest in the world and, consequently, has a need for many workers in all capacities to keep things running smoothly and to that ensure travelers’ needs are met. These workers are often faced with adverse conditions, from dealing with stressed out passengers to working in potentially hazardous conditions. Workplace accidents occur in every industry, and the travel industry is no exception.
An airport as large as Hartsfield-Jackson is going to have its share of worksite incidents. It is particularly beneficial, with an employer this large, to have a safety management system in place to both prevent accidents from happening to the extent that is possible as well as to minimize the repercussions of accidents that do occur. According to the airport’s website, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines a safety management system (SMS) as a formalized approach to managing safety by developing an organization-wide safety policy; formal methods of identifying hazards and analyzing and mitigating risk; methods for ensuring continuous safety improvement; and organization-wide strategies to promote safety. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport similarly defines a safety management system as a data-driven, business-oriented approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. It focuses on organizational safety rather than strictly conventional health and safety issues at work. The website further lists the following as benefits of a safety management system:
- Reduction of the costs of accidents;
- Improvement of productivity of employees;
- Establishment a record of good workplace safety;
- Recognition of the importance of safety needs;
- Compliance with safety responsibilities as required by the law;
- Efficient maintenance scheduling and use of resources; and
- Encourages continued improvement of operations.
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport takes safety seriously and recognizes those individuals who make a difference and exhibit safety excellence. One way in which they do so is through the creation of their OneATL Safety Always Program, a monthly awards program that honors employees who demonstrate exemplary safety practices for the airport’s team and its guests. Programs such as these do speak volumes about the airport’s dedication to the safety of its valued employees.
When The System Fails, Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
Even with the best intentions and the best accident prevention systems in place, there will be times that accidents still occur. When they do, you need to know your responsibilities and rights under the law. In those situations, you need to be able to turn to someone you can trust to give you the correct information and guidance. At the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we have extensive experience with workers’ compensation claims and are well equipped to provide you will the legal support you need to get the relief you are entitled to receive. If you have been injured at work, call us or contact us online. We want to help you get moving forward on your journey to recovery.