There are workplace hazards in most Colorado jobs, but working in an airport brings with it certain risks unique to the environment. You may want to have a general idea of what types of injuries are most common for workers in airports.
Injuries for airport workers
People often get injured while using a baggage car. It’s important to never leave a baggage cart operating but unattended. If you’re using one of these carts, you should also follow all speed limits.
One of the most common ways that airport workers get injured is the conveyor belt for the luggage. Loose pieces of clothing can get caught in machinery, which may then pull hands and arms in the machinery, causing injury. In fact, hand injuries are one of the most common types of injuries in this type of work. It’s important to follow all workplace safety policies to make injuries less likely.
The risks with hand injuries
Some of the most common ways that people injure their hands are smashing and pinching. Burns, abrasions, cuts, punctures, impacts and detachments are also possible, and you might need to get worker’s compensation if you do become injured this way.
Hand injuries can be especially difficult and expensive to heal because there are so many intricate parts to a hand that need to heal properly in order for a person to return back to work. All airport workers should try to avoid such injuries by making sure to use PPE and follow safety procedures.
Whenever you work for a U.S. company, including an airline, you’re entitled to worker’s compensation in certain scenarios. If you’ve been injured at your airport job, know that there are resources available to help you get through this difficult time, including contacting a lawyer to learn more about workplace compensation.