Carolina Airport Accidents – Ground Crew at High Risk

The Alliance between the Airline Ground Safety Panel and officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been renewed. This Alliance works to reduce the risks of on-the-job accidents, injuries and fatalities for those who work with the operation of aviation ground support equipment.

The Airline Ground Safety panel is a labor partnership with industry that is made up of 11 airline companies as well as 3 unions. Employed and represented by this organization is close to 400,000 workers, accounting for about 85 percent of the industry.
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“We look forward to working with the panel to educate and train employers and workers on preventing workplace injuries,” said David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

Our Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers understand that the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is the 6th busiest airport in the world, as of 2010 and based on traffic movements.

It used to be called the Charlotte Municipal Airport, but was renamed Douglas Municipal Airport after former Charlotte Mayor Ben Elbert Douglas, Sr. in 1954. Because this is such a busy airport, there are many workers who we can thank for helping to make it run as smoothly as it does — each and every day. Without these hard workers, there would be no airport. Unfortunately, these employees are at serious risks for accidents, injuries and fatalities. They run the risks of fall accidents, transportation accidents and other injuries on the job — some even severe enough to cause disability or death.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were more than 700 workers who died at work after being struck by equipment or objects. Another 700 die in fall accidents. Airline support workers are at some of the highest risks for both of these kinds of accidents. Many of these accidents can be completely prevented, too! It’s important for an employer to take the proper safety precautions to make sure that all employees are protected on the job.

The renewed Alliance will be working over the next 2 years to help to reduce the risks of these accidents. There will be new fact sheets and information material targeting these kinds of accidents, in addition to the risks associated with pushback trucks, high-lift tugs and other equipment for ground safety.

Common Airport Work Accidents Can Include:

-Injuries that result from falling objects.

-Carbon Monoxide Injuries.

-Baggage tug and cart accidents.

-Vehicle accidents.

-Belt-loader injuries and accidents. These include caught-between accidents and amputation injuries.

-Lifting injuries.

-Struck by equipment accidents.

When you’re injured on the job, you want to make sure that you’re getting the best treatment available. When a worker feels like they’re being pushed to a specific treatment option by an employer or their workers’ compensation insurance company, talking with an attorney is their best option. The treatment that you get can affect you for a lifetime.

If you, a coworker or someone you love has been injured at work, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965 today.

More Blog Entries:

North Carolina Work Safety: Generator Safety Risks, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, October 29, 2012

Asbestos: A Ticking Time Bomb for Employees, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, October 28, 2012

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