Airline Industry Safety
There are many airline industry workers here in Atlanta. For one, we host the headquarters of a major airline, accounting for over 30,000 employees. On top of that, Hartsfield is the busiest airport in the world by both passenger traffic and take-offs and landings.
Boarding over 49,000,000 total passengers in 2015, it’s no surprise that it takes a lot of employees to handle operations at Hartsfield on a daily basis. About 63,000 to be exact—or the population of a large town.
In other words, the airline industry accounts for about 100,000 jobs in Atlanta, which is a lot of opportunities to get injured. As Atlanta’s work injury lawyer, I want to go over some safety tips that are relevant to this important industry.
For the Ground & Gate Crew
Airline ground crews are subject to many physical hazards, with massive jets whizzing by, suitcases running here, gas trucks sprinting there, and so on. Also, being outside, ground crews are subject to extreme temperatures, and the work doesn’t stop because of uncomfortable conditions. Either way, the flights must take off!
There are a variety of protocols set in place on the grounds of busy airports like ATL, all of which are critical to maximizing the safety of the workers who abide by them. Furthermore, it’s integral that the tools of the job are in good shape, and that workers wear the proper safety gear, like reflective clothing, earmuffs, gloves and safety goggles. Wearing the right gear, following protocols and using common sense and vigilance will go a long way in ensuring your safety on the ground.
Gate crews don’t have to worry about being in the path of 600 ton jets, but that doesn’t mean the job isn’t without its fair share of safety hazards.
For the Flight Crew
Cabin crews face a whole other world of imminent dangers. Where flight crews can experience hearing problems just like their colleagues down on the ground, they are also subject to the hazards that come along with spending so much time in a contained space. Fortunately, there are OSHA and FAA regulations in placed designed to help them stay safe while on board. There are also physical dangers too, like the repercussions of serving alcohol, turbulence, seatbelts and medical emergencies. Thus, strict protocols exist, and by always following them you be in a strong position to stay safe while you work on board.
Airline-related or not, if you need to speak with a qualified workman’s comp lawyer in Atlanta in more detail, I’ll be happy to give you a complimentary consultation in which we can review all aspects of your case. Until then, stay safe and happy traveling!