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Airline Ground Safety Panel and OSHA Work to Protect Logan Airport Employees

On-the-job accidents, injuries and fatalities at Logan Airport and other large airports nationwide are most commonly experienced among the ground crews and other support personnel.
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Our Boston workers’ compensation attorneys understand that an airport like Logan would simply cease to run without these dedicated and hardworking employees. Still, these workers face some of the highest risks for work accidents, injuries and fatalities. Some of these incidents most commonly include transportation accidents, struck by objects and fall accidents.

The General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, or Logan Airport, covers close to 2,400 acres, has about 10 runways and employs more than 15,000 people. As of 2010, it was the largest airport in the New England area. It’s the 19th busiest airport in the county and completes close to 14 million boardings a year, helping to transport close to 30 million passengers. That’s a lot of luggage!

Recently, officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it would be renewing its Alliance with the Airline Ground Safety Panel. The purpose of this Alliance is to help to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities occurring in these jobs. There are more than 10 airline companies involved in this alliance, too. There are three unions as well, and close to 400,000 workers. These individuals account for about 90 percent of the industry.

“We look forward to working with the panel to educate and train employers and workers on preventing workplace injuries,” said David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

The Alliance will continue through a 2-year agreement. During this time, officials with the Alliance will be creating fact sheets that will be used to eliminate the risks of slip, trip and fall accidents and other various hazards that are common while operating ground safety equipment. Officials with the Alliance will also be conducting a number of studies to help to improve the safety of these workers and to help to address hazards and dangers.

Labor Organizations with the Alliance:

-Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO
-Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
-International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Also expressing support for the Alliance was Airlines for America.

If you check the National Transportation Safety Board‘s (NTSB) Aviation Accident Reports, you can see that airport and aviation accidents come with some serious risks.

The truth is that this is a dangerous industry for all involved. It’s important that safety is kept as a number one priority.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed on the job, call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your workers’ compensation case. Call 1-888-367-2900 today!

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