Risks of injury for pilots
Boarding, moving around on or leaving a plane can cause injuries by slips, trips and falls.
Aircraft crews are also exposed to the risk of asphyxiation or injuries by explosions or fires caused by harmful fumes being released into the cockpit as the result of defective equipment.
Bird strikes and laser incidents can also significantly increase the risk of pilots sustaining injuries at work.
Then, of course, there is the risk of being seriously injured or killed in plane crashes.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) data reveals that in 2015, a total of 882 laser incidents were reported in the UK alone, with another 247 reported overseas incidents.
Laser beams can not only distract pilots, they can also cause flash-blindness and after-images, which of course, could lead to plane accidents. High intensity laser beams can
also result in a pilot suffering eye injuries at work.
The latest figures released by the CAA also show that in 2013, a total of 2467 bird strikes were reported.
Depending on the size of a bird and where it hits a plane, such strikes could result in plane crashes or, especially on smaller, light aircraft, bird strike injuries to pilots.
Carrying responsibility for the lives of passengers and crew members put enormous pressure on a pilot. Work-stress related illness, including anxiety, depression and insomnia are subsequently a very real risk.
Other occupational illnesses or conditions pilots may develop include, for instance:
- Deep vein thrombosis
Exposure to high levels of UV and other radiation from space, including x-rays, gamma rays and subatomic particles, can also lead to a pilot or other members of the cockpit crew developing melanoma, a particularly serious, potentially fatal type of skin cancer.
Accident Advice Helpline
Many accidents on planes and work-related illnesses can and should be prevented by the airlines employing pilots.
If you were injured at work or developed an occupational disease because there was no assessment of potential risks and no steps to prevent work accidents or industrial illness were taken, you could qualify for compensation.
Contact us, Accident Advice Helpline, now to learn more about work injury compensation on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice