Airport workers can suffer injuries anywhere, but those working in the ramp area are particularly vulnerable. Workers loading and unloading baggage onto planes must often perform their duties in cramped spaces which force their bodies into awkward positions. At Denver International Airport, ramp area baggage handling operations in winter are frequently complicated by severe weather conditions. Accumulation of snow and ice can increase the potential for accidents during the baggage loading and unloading process. Workers in the ramp area also risk injury from vehicles and hearing loss from excessive noise.
In this blog post, we look at some of the injuries that ramp area baggage handlers can suffer, and some ways to minimize the likelihood of such injuries.
How ramp area baggage handling injuries happen
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created an e-tool covering work injuries resulting from airport baggage handling procedures. The section on baggage handling in the ramp area looks at manual handling, semi-automated handling and automated handling:
How to minimize ramp area baggage handling injuries
OSHA provides these tips to reduce the likelihood of baggage handling injuries:
Despite taking these and other precautions, baggage handling injuries can still happen. If you have suffered an injury, speak to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
Previous blog posts in our series on baggage handling injuries focused on the ticket counter and make-up room:
Part 1 – Baggage Handling Injuries at the Ticket Counter