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When Lightning Strikes

Commercial pilots are tasked with carrying the most precious cargo – human lives. On any given day, a pilot may face any number of stressful situations that could result in injuries to his passengers, his fellow flight crewmembers, or himself – including the occasional act of God. As the crew of an American Airlines flight learned one recent evening, pilots are often required to think quickly when these situations arise – in this case, after the aircraft was struck by lightning, the pilot was able to avert a disaster by making an emergency landing at JFK airport.

Safe Landings

Thankfully, no one was injured – neither the passengers nor the crewmembers. This incident highlights the danger associated with these types of jobs, though – aircraft crews face unknown dangers each time they start a new shift. Taking off and landing are the two most critical times during each flight, and it is particularly important for the crew to scrupulously follow stringent safety practices and procedures during these times to lessen the chances of incidents. Anything can happen, and they must often make quick decisions to keep not only their passengers, but themselves, free from harm. To ensure that the workers in this industry are provided the safest workplace possible, one of the measures taken by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been to publish a set of Best Practices for several of the various types of workers involved in their industry, including air traffic controllers, airport personnel, and pilots.

Safety On The Runways – Best Practices For Pilots

Just as flight attendants are tasked with assisting passengers in keeping safe during a flight, keeping passengers and fellow crew members safe while onboard their aircraft is undoubtedly at the top of every pilot’s list of priorities. The FAA’s published list of Known Best Practices for Airfield Safety for Pilots includes instructions designed to heighten safety – and lessen the chances for injuries – while on the runway. Some of the more straightforward and simple practices included in the FAA’s list are:

  • Eliminating distractions;
  • Maintaining appropriate speeds while taxiing;
  • Diligently paying attention while taxiing;
  • Keeping updated on runway safety through attendance at safety seminars; and
  • Staying alert – staying alive.

Flight-Related Injuries

Flight crews – pilots and attendants alike – work hard to make their workplace as safe as possible, but even in the best of circumstances, some things are out of their control and accidents will happen. When airline employees are injured on the job, they are entitled to workers’ compensation from their employers. When incidents occur, whether during landing or taking off, or while en route due to turbulence or other factors, airline employees need to be compensated for their work-related injuries.

Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers For All Types of Workers’ Compensation Matters

If you have been injured during the course of your employment, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help. Regardless of what type of work you do, if you are a victim of a workplace accident, you are entitled to workers’ compensation. Our experienced workers’ compensation professionals handle workers’ compensation cases exclusively and are the attorneys you can trust to handle any type of workplace injury matter. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.  

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