Many accidents can occur on the runway of an airport. Airline ground personnel run a risk of being struck by heavy objects, and even coming into contact with hazardous chemicals. In addition, ground personnel frequently operate equipment such as hi-life trucks, jacks, dollies, refuelers, loading devices, and pushback tugs. As a result, working as ground personnel at an airport requires special safety training to avoid injuries in what can be hazardous conditions.

As a result of the safety issues facing airport grounds personnel on a daily basis, OSHA formed an alliance with the Airline Ground Safety Panel in 2008. The Alliance was just renewed for the second time on April 8, 2015 for another five years. The Alliance implemented training resources and safety guides identifying potential hazards and solutions to prevent vehicle accidents, falling objects, amputations, pinch point injuries, collisions, and other injuries. It plans to continue educating airline workers about employee safety, rights and responsibilities.

Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace. However, an average of thirteen workers each day are still killed, and another four million workers a year are seriously injured as a result of their job duties. If you have been injured as a result of an unsafe working condition, you may be able to file a Worker’s Compensation claim. The attorneys at McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson & Riordan, LLP have experience representing clients before Workers’ Compensation boards throughout New York City and Long Island, including Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. For a consultation, call (866)557-7500.