It may surprise you to find out that being a baggage handler can come with many workplace risks.
In this article, we will discuss some of the most common workplace risks that cause baggage handler injuries.
Common Workplace Risks That Cause Baggage Handlers Injuries
Lifting and Moving Heavy Luggage: One of the most common causes of injuries for baggage handlers is lifting and moving heavy luggage. This can cause back injuries, muscle strains, and other types of muscle injuries.
Slips and Falls: Wet surfaces can be a major hazard for baggage handlers, as they often result in slips and falls. Other hazards that can lead to slips and falls include uneven surfaces, poor lighting, and cluttered work areas.
Exposure to Hazardous Materials: Baggage handlers often come into contact with various hazardous materials, such as explosives and chemical agents. This can result in injuries from exposure to these materials.
Falls from Heights: Baggage handlers sometimes have to work at high elevations, such as on loading docks which can lead to falls and serious injuries.
Traffic Accidents: Baggage handlers often have to work near moving vehicles, leading to traffic accidents.
Exposure to Extreme Weather Conditions: Baggage handlers are frequently exposed to extreme weather conditions, such as extreme heat and cold which can lead to health problems, such as heat stroke and hypothermia.
Repetitive Stress Injuries: Handling luggage can often cause repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Stress: Working under high pressure in a fast-paced environment can often lead to stress and anxiety. This can have adverse effects on the health of baggage handlers.
Dangerous Equipment: Baggage handlers often use dangerous equipment, such as forklifts and conveyor belts. If these machines are not properly maintained or operated, they can lead to accidents and injuries.
Violent Crime: Baggage handlers sometimes contact violent criminals, which can lead to injury or death.
Sadly, these workplace risks often result in injuries such as Lacerations and cuts, Fractures and Sprains, Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), Musculoskeletal injuries, and Burns.
Fortunately, there are many ways to help prevent these injuries. Some of these include:
- Wearing the proper safety gear, such as gloves, earplugs and goggles
- Training on how to safely lift and move luggage
- Taking breaks often to stretch and move around
- Following all safety procedures when working with hazardous materials
- Using caution when walking on wet surfaces or uneven surfaces
- Wearing high-visibility clothing when working near moving vehicles
- Avoiding slips and falls by using caution when walking in wet areas
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Are you a baggage handler who has been injured on the job? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At the Law Office of James. M. Hoffman, we have over 30 years of experience helping injured workers get the compensation they deserve and can help you too. Contact us today for a free initial consultation!
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