Accidents at work occur in all trades and in all professions. They are dependent on the nature of your job role and, sadly, no position is truly exempt from the risk of suffering a work-related injury or illness.
Working in an airport may seem like an interesting career, with many glamorous aspects, to the outsider, but when it comes to the men that keep the cogs turning, there are plenty of hazards for baggage handlers.
Occupational injuries: Hazards for baggage handlers
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have recognised the hazards for baggage handlers as presenting high-risk manual handling injury.
This is an occupational hazard and is particularly problematic for baggage handlers who lift luggage on and off aircraft, but the hazards for baggage handlers are also applicable for those who work on passenger check-in desks and security checkpoints.
The HSE list the main risk factors as:
- Pushing and pulling of equipment
- Handling and stacking baggage inside aircraft hold
- Consistent handling of heavy loads
- Positioning of handling, ie. above shoulder height, below knee height, hand extended far from the lower back
- Insufficient training, supervision and management
Hazards for baggage handlers: Placing blame
All job roles, all activities come hand-in-hand with potential risks for those who undertake them. That being said, if you have experienced an accident at work due to poor management or insufficient training, for example, it could be that your employer is liable for the harm you have suffered.
All employers have a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety while you are at work. This means that they must take the necessary steps to ensure you have adequate training, safety equipment, staffing, and supervision, to undertake your duties at a minimal risk to your health.
When your employer fails to take these precautions, they can be held liable for any work-related illness or injury sustained.
Claiming for work-related illness and injury
If you have been involved in an accident at work, or you have developed an occupational illness, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
We have over 15 years’ experience assisting victims of personal injury and illness in successfully claiming the compensation they deserve for the distress they have endured. Call us today on freephone number, 0800 689 0500 for more advice. Recuperate at home knowing that your claim is in expert hands.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown