The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the largest and busiest airports in the country, and it is also one of the largest industry employers in all of Atlanta. In addition to the airport itself as an employer of thousands of workers, Delta Air Lines, Inc. bases its operations in Atlanta and employs more than thirty thousand workers in Atlanta. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. also is a major air transport employer in the region.
Have you ever stopped to think about just how many different people, doing countless different jobs, it takes to successfully get travellers through ticketing, onto the plane, and to their travel destination? The process involves ticket issuers, baggage handlers, support staff, flight attendants, pilots, ground crew, and airplane mechanics, each doing their job to ensure that travelers have a pleasant experience and get to where they are going safely. All of these different workers are each exposed to their own set of workplace hazards and are each placed at risk of becoming a victim in a job-specific workplace accident. Some of the most frequently injured workers at airports such as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport include flight attendants, baggage handlers and ground crew.
Flight Attendant Accidents
Flight attendants play a critical role in keeping passengers calm and relaxed for the duration of their flight. Their jobs require them to be friendly, helpful and supportive, but their job also exposes them to risk of serious workplace injuries. For instance, flight attendants for the most part, are not seat-belted in during the flight like the passengers. This effectively leaves the flight attendants exposed to harm in the event that the plane drops during flight, or if the plane hits sudden turbulence.
Some of the most common injuries that occur to flight attendants while on the job include:
- Head injuries from items falling from overhead compartments;
- Burns from handling hot beverages when the plane hits turbulence;
- Impact and pinch injuries from the beverage cart/service trolley;
- Injuries, such as broken or fractured bones and internal hemorrhaging, suffered from being thrown about the cabin, in the event of turbulence or rapid loss of pressure in the cabin;
- Injuries to the neck, spine and back from moving luggage, awkwardly closing overhead compartments, or moving beverage carts;
- Overexertion injuries to the arms, shoulders or back (e.g., sprains, strains, tears, etc.);
- Fall-related injuries;
- Injuries due to sudden changes in air pressure (i.e., ear injuries); and
- Injuries caused by violent airline passengers.
Baggage Handler Accidents
Thousands of flights arrive at, and depart from, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport each and everyday. No less than one hundred thousand parcels, bags and pieces of luggage pass through the airport in one way or another. Baggage handlers in charge of getting travelers’ luggage from one place to another, and these workers suffer all types of workplace injuries during the course of their duties. A handful of the most common injuries suffered by baggage handlers include:
- Impact or crush injuries from falling luggage;
- Head injuries from falling luggage.;
- Serious injuries, such as amputation or crush-between injuries, caused by luggage transport belts and conveyors;
- Baggage cart injuries arising from the cart flipping over or running into something;
- Injuries related to lifting and/or tossing luggage (i.e., back and shoulder injuries);
- Torn ligaments, pulled muscles, and herniated discs;
- Repetitive stress injuries; and
- Stress and strain injuries to the musculoskeletal system and joints due to carrying odd shaped bags or bags that suddenly break or tear.
Ground Crew Accidents
Ground crew at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have a dangerous job, being down on the tarmac and so close to all of the mechanical dangers that a giant airplane poses. Mechanics must work on or in the airplane, ground crew must help guide and direct the plane as it moves about the tarmac, and fuelers must replenish the plane’s fuel supply quickly and efficiently. However these workers are at high risk of injury, or even at risk of death, since they work so close to the large mechanical components of a plane, in areas that are loud and noisy, making communication, and thus warning, difficult. Some of the most common work-related injuries that ground crew employees suffer include:
- Pinch or crush injuries involving mechanical parts of the plane, taxiing equipment, and portable stair cases;
- Vehicle accidents or collisions on the tarmac;
- Injuries resulting from being impacted or struck by equipment, baggage, or falling tools.
- Chemical exposure due to a malfunctioning plane;
- Serious inhalation injuries or burns (suffered by fuelers) if something goes wrong with the airplane fuel lines;
- Jet blasts or engine problems can cause serious injuries to ground crew; and
- Injuries from outdoor weather conditions.
Get Medical Attention and Get A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Regardless of what position you hold at your airport or airline job, if you are injured while on the job, you need to seek the medical attention that you need immediately. Once you have recovered enough so that you are able to, you should contact an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer in order to get your workers’ compensation claim filed. There is a time limit for filing workers’ compensation claims, so it is important to take action as quickly as possible.
Injured While At Your Airport Job? Count On Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
If you work for the airport or one of the major airlines that uses the airport, you can suffer on the job injuries from a workplace accident. Workers who are injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under Georgia law, which includes compensation for your injuries, lost work time and medical expenses, in addition to other expenses. Don’t suffer in silence, chose to work with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. Our team of knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorneys are compassionate and dedicated to getting you the benefits you need and deserve after a workplace accident. Please feel free to reach out to Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to get a better understanding of your rights under the law.