Airport Workers Face Significant Hazards on the Job
From flight attendant to avionics technician, each job in the airline industry comes with its own unique set of hazards. Depending on the type of position they hold, airline workers may be at risk for various types of injuries or illnesses. In Pennsylvania, workplace injuries are generally compensable, and employees may be eligible for various forms of benefits, including payment for medical expenses and lost wages. The dedicated workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. proudly represent all types of airline workers throughout the state in workers’ compensation claims.
Types of Airline Workers
Airline and airport workers may be injured while performing a wide range of duties at the airport, in the airplane, or behind a desk. Some types of airline workers we represent include:
- Aircraft cabin crewmembers
- Aircraft mechanics
- Airline operations agents
- Avionics technicians
- Baggage handlers
- Cargo supervisors
- Cockpit crew
- Flight attendants
- Flight dispatchers
- Gate crew
- Ground crew
- Maintenance workers
- Security guards
Airline Industry Hazards
There are various hazards in the airline industry, however surprisingly, one of the most common is respirable toxins. Aerospace industry workers deal with dangerous chemicals such as beryllium, a type of metal used in airplanes which can cause berylliosis or lung cancer. Hexavalent chromium, a paint primer required by some aerospace companies, is another common respirable toxin.
Our skilled workers’ compensation lawyers are dedicated to fighting for maximum compensation for airline workers with all types of injuries, including:
- Back injuries – Baggage handlers, mechanics, cleaning crews, and other jobs requiring bending and physical exertion may cause workers to suffer back injuries.
- Hearing loss – Pilots, flight attendants, service technicians, and other occupations that involve exposure to loud noises from the aircraft are susceptible to occupational hearing loss.
- Repetitive stress injuries – Any job that requires workers to perform the same tasks over and over without the proper ergonomic solutions puts them at risk of repetitive stress injuries.
- Slip and fall injuries – Airline workers may become injured in slip and fall accidents while coming in or out of the parking lot, walking in the terminal, or experiencing turbulence on the plane.
- Toxic exposures – Aircraft painters, mechanics, on-board personnel, and other types of airline workers may be exposed to chemicals and airborne toxins or pathogens that can cause serious illness.
Airline Industry Safety Standards
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to improve workplace safety for airline workers. The two agencies have developed safety standards for aircraft cabin crewmembers that aim to safeguard airline workers from toxic chemicals, exposure to blood-borne pathogens, hearing loss, and other common industry hazards. Employers must also comply with OSHA rules regarding hearing conservation programs, record-keeping, and access to medical records.
The Field Research and Consultation Group is an association of industrial hygienists that conduct exposure assessments for businesses throughout the state. They test for workplace chemical, noise, and ergonomic health hazards and then use the results of such testing to advise employees on how to prevent themselves from being overexposed to airborne hazards at work. Employers are encouraged to regularly monitor the workplace and ensure that employees are below the maximum allowable exposure levels.
Compensation for Injured Pennsylvania Airline Workers
Those who work for airlines in Pennsylvania are generally entitled to workers’ compensation for workplace injuries or work-related illnesses. Workers’ compensation only provides certain benefits, such as coverage for reasonable and necessary medical expenses related to the workplace injury and partial wage loss compensation; other types of damages such as pain and suffering are not available.
However, injured workers may be able to recover additional damages through third-party personal injury suits. Although employees may not sue their employers personally and must go through the workers’ compensation system (what is legally referred to as their “exclusive remedy”), an exception to this rule exists in situations where an employee’s injuries were caused by someone other than his or her employer. If someone other than the employer was at fault for an employee’s injury, that third-party may be liable for damages arising from that injury. Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. handles both workers’ compensation and third-party claims throughout Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Airline Workers Recover Maximum Compensation for their Injuries
If you were injured while working in the airline industry, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Our experienced attorneys will ensure that you are compliant with all legal requirements and fight to obtain the maximum compensation in your case. We represent airline workers in Philadelphia and throughout the state. For a free consultation, please complete our online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW.
We represent all types of injured workers in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania including those in the communities of Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester, and Wynnewood.