Whether tasked with wrangling luggage at ticket counters, in baggage make-up rooms, or to and from planes in the ramp area, airline baggage handlers face numerous workplace hazards. Hurt while working as a baggage handler for Delta or another airline in the Atlanta area? You may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Here's what you should know, including how Rechtman & Spevak's exceptional workers' comp attorneys can help you protect your rights and collect the benefits you need and deserve.
Working as a baggage handler is a physically taxing job that requires lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, and carrying weighty pieces of luggage or cargo—often in awkward or potentially dangerous positions, and in demanding and fast-paced environments. This can expose workers to a wide range of hazards, such as:
- Repetitive movements and other ergonomic stressors
- Rain, snow, ice, and other inclement weather
- Slips and falls (or trips and falls)
- Falling luggage or cargo
- Falls from heights
- Vehicle crashes
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Caught in machinery accidents
- Excessive noise
Additionally, baggage handlers who work night, early morning, or rotating shifts may be at risk of developing something known as shift work disorder. Primarily a sleep disorder, the condition is associated with insomnia, excessive drowsiness during work time hours, depression, and trouble concentrating.
Baggage handlers hurt on the job can suffer an array of injuries, including strains and sprains; broken or crushed bones; head and brain injuries; spinal cord damage; hearing damage or loss; temperature-related injuries or illnesses; internal organ damage; amputations; or even death. If you were injured—or lost a loved one—in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to workers' comp medical, wage replacement, or survivor benefits. Report the injury to your supervisor and consult an attorney as soon as possible.
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