Despite the assistive devices used when moving luggage at our airports, the duties of baggage handlers are physically demanding and must be done over and over again throughout the work day. Because of this, airport workers may suffer injuries that cause chronic pain and limitations of movement that can prevent them from working while they are recovering. Fortunately, baggage handlers who are hurt in a workplace accident may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia.
Causes of Bag Handlers’ Workplace Injuries
Workers in airport terminals and on the tarmac must lift, move, and transport luggage and other heavy items. They are often under pressure from their employers and impatient travelers to get the job done quickly. Some of the reasons they suffer injuries include:
Many of the suitcases and other items that people transport when they fly are heavy and oversized. When baggage handlers must carry and move luggage that is too heavy on a constant basis, they can suffer overexertion injuries in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in their backs, shoulders, and knees.
Much of the work that these workers perform is repetitive. This can cause them to suffer carpel tunnel and other repetitive motion injuries. In addition, individuals who load and unload the cargo bin must work in cramped quarters in awkward positions, which can be another reason they may hurt themselves.
If heavy luggage falls onto a baggage handler from an overhead compartment or when stacked high, he can suffer traumatic brain injury, fractures, and other injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Individuals who work outside can slip and fall when the tarmac becomes slippery due to snow or ice. Spills of food and drinks, debris, luggage strewn around, and other hazards can pose a danger to baggage handlers working inside the terminal.
Baggage handlers can be injured in a vehicle or heavy equipment accident when a negligent driver or machine operator runs into them.
When they must work outside on the tarmac, baggage handlers are exposed to the excessive noise of jet engines on a daily basis. This can cause them to suffer hearing loss—which can be permanent.
If you are a baggage handler who sustained an injury in the course of your employment, our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys can help you navigate the complexities of filing a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia or South Carolina. We offer a free consultation where you can learn about your legal rights and get your questions answered. Contact us online or call our office directly at 706.863.6600 to schedule your appointment.