Most people are probably unaware that new airplanes contain airbags to protect passengers in the event of a crash. Normally, people are told to place their heads forward and brace for impact. These days, airplanes are being equipped with added safety equipment to increase the survival rates in the event of an emergency (crash) landing.
According to a recent news article from KiroTv, the family of a worker is suing the aircraft maker and one its suppliers after their loved one was killed on the job at the airplane factory. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges employee was working for a contractor, which handles seat belt and airbag installment in the aircraft manufactured by Boeing.
As part of a pre-delivery inspection of the 777 with the buyer and manufacturer, the buyer noticed there was some problem with one of the airbag systems in a business class seat. Apparently, the airbag had discharged by itself and needed to be inspected and reset, and reloaded with a new airbag. The employee was called into the factory to work on resetting the airbag when the discharge mechanism caused an explosive inflation of the new airbag, which resulted in a serious head injury to the worker. Following the accident, he was treated by emergency personnel and taken to a local level-one trauma center for emergency surgery, but doctors were unable to save him, and he soon died from his massive head injuries. Continue reading