Being a flight attendant seems like something of a dream job. Jet-setting all over the globe, seeing a different part of the world every day, is most people’s idea of a spectacular holiday. Look a little closer, however, and you soon see that it is often far form the imagined glitz and glamour and can, at times, be downright dangerous with accidents and injuries at work being an all too common occurrence.
What are the top five causes of accidents at work for flight attendants?
The threats to the safety at work of flight attendants are both many and varied. The main offenders are:
- Trips and falls
The up-in-the-air environment is an unpredictable one. You are at the mercy of turbulence, which can strike at any given moment. Should you be making your way down the aisles when a particularly strong bought is encountered, then trips and falls can happen easily and the workplace injuries associated with such incidents (cuts and bruises) can leave you in severe discomfort for the rest of the journey.
- Scalds and burns
Again, turbulence is the root cause. Whilst a slip or fall can be embarrassing and painful, burns from spilt kettles and cups of tea are another matter altogether. Flight attendants use their hands a lot during working hours and painful blisters and burns can be extremely problematic.
- Passenger assault
As is so often the case for those who work on the front line of services, it is usually flight attendants that have to bear the brunt of the anger of displeased passengers. Whether this is because of dissatisfaction with regards to the services or a few too many in-flight refreshments, these altercations can easily turn nasty.
- Cosmic radiation
A form of ionising radiation that comes from space, the exact health risks of cosmic radiation are relatively unknown. Only very low levels of cosmic radiation reach earth, but passengers and crew during flight are exposed to higher levels.
- Sleep disturbance
Flying through different time zones and working a variety of shifts can wreak havoc with a sleep pattern, something which is vital to maintaining good health.
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Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown