Airport Baggage Handler Injury Compensation
Any airport worker whose work responsibilities incorporate loading, unloading, moving and storing luggage, suitcases, and other cargo including packages, cargo, etcs should be working in safe working conditions which are not confined and will not lead to any long term damage to their health and well being.
If this is not the case and any injuries are experienced then the worker will have a good case to make an airport baggage handler injury compensation claim.
Airport Baggage Handler Injury Compensation Claims
Airport baggage handlers must complete have a long list of tasks to complete that may lead to an injury occurring if the required safety processes and procedures are not in place.
- Loading and transferring and baggage around the airport and the airplane baggage hold
- Gathering baggage for collection and sorting
- Stowing all baggage safely and ensuring that weight is evenly spread out in the hold compartment of the airplane
- Moving mobile stairs for people to board and disembark the airplane.
Injuries can happen for a range of different reasons including broken or malfunctioning equipment, negligence, restricted working spaces, no manual handling training, poor working conditions, violations of work and safety legislation or extremely high productivity targets.
Common Airport Baggage Handler Injuries
Most airport work injuries are due to a slip, trip or fall. In the vast majority of cases these are avoidable and take place due to the absence of correct safety measures.
Airport and airline management may be found liable if it they were negligent in ensuring a safe environment for their staff and the people working for them.
Baggage handlers must move heavy loads in small restricted spaces. The airline must see to it that there is no danger of repetitive injury strain or any other suffering being sustained due to the working conditions.
- Injuries that airport baggage handlers commonly suffer due to inadequate or unsafe working conditions:
- Back pain
- Food poisoning
- Injuries due to heavy/rough landing
- Brain/head damage injuries
- Injuries to back and spinal cord
- Broken and sprained bones
Legislation and Manual Handling Guidelines for Airport Baggage Handlers
Dublin Airport, and the various airlines servicing it, owe a duty of care to the people working there to have a safe environment in place. It is a legal obligation to complete ongoing risk assessments and address any possible hazards to avoid work accidents and injuries.
The Health and Safety Authority has also published Guidelines for manual handling at Dublin Airport. You can read it here. https://www.hsa.ie/eng/Workplace_Health/Manual_Handling/Manual_Handling_Research_Reports/Manual_Handling_Dublin_Airport.pdf. This literature makes special reference to the added pressure placed on baggage handlers as airlines commit to quicker turnaround times while the baggage loads remain the same.
The Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 can also be read here https://www.hsa.ie/eng/Publications_and_Forms/Publications/Retail/Gen_Apps_Manual_Handling.pdf. It states that employers must compelte ongoing safety assessments, list all potential danger and address these in a timely fashion. The publication also includes a range of common risk factors including load characteristics, physical effort required to move loads, working environment, activity requirements and the characteristics of the person doing the manual handling.
Submitting an Airport Baggage Handler Compensation Claim
In order to give your compensation claim the best chance of being successful, you should complete the steps listed below. However, you should always consult with a legal expert familiar with claims such as these. A solicitor will be able to give you advice that will put you in the best position to choose your next steps.
Submitting a Compensation Claim for Manual Handling Injury Procedure:
- Look after your own health. No compensation figure will make up for a long term injury so it is important that you are treated by a medical professional as soon as possible. The notes on your medical history that they add in relation to your injury will also be useful in a legal action.
- Submit an accident report to Dublin Airport so that there is an official record of your injury. Ask for a copy of the incident report that you hand to them. This report will also be useful when you submit your compensation claim and it is important to detail the time, date and any other details about how you were injured.
- Complete a detailed account of how the accident occurred that you can give a solicitor at a consultation. Detail witness contact information, accident scene pictures, receipts for any additional expenses, medical records/examinations information on any treatment you received from a doctor and any security camera footage that may be relevant.
After you have collated this information you should get in touch with a solicitor who is an expert on personal injury compensation claims to assist you with your airport baggage handler compensation claim.