One of the important jobs at any airport is the ground crew, a group of individuals who work closely with the control tower and the pilots alike to help aircraft move from the runways to the gates in a safe manner. This is a job that requires you to multitask and always have a focus on safety, but injuries can still occur. When you get hired as a ground crew employee, you'll go through extensive training about not only the duties of your position, but also how to stay safe. Should you get injured on the job, there's a chance that your employer — the airport, in this case — may deny responsibility. In this case, hiring a workers comp lawyer can be the first step on the road to justice. Here are some injuries that ground crew members may face.
If you work in this job, you'll have nearly constant exposure to extremely loud noises. Your work environment reaches considerable decibels, which can increase your risk of long-term hearing damage. Or, there's also a chance that you could suffer an acute hearing-related injury from this noisy environment. Hearing damage can not only be costly to deal with in terms of buying hearing aids and other related products, but can also affect your quality of life. A workers' compensation case can be helpful in getting you the financial settlement that you deserve.
Your work environment can also be dangerous because of the many impact injuries that are possible to suffer. For example, because you're routinely walking around a variety of vehicles, it's always possible for a driver to hit you, run you over, or even pin you against a wall or another heavy object. Things being loaded into airplanes could potentially get dropped on you, while you could fall from a significant height if you have to climb onto an elevated platform for any task. Each of these injuries can result in head injuries, broken bones, and more.
Burns are also a risk that you face every day at work. Airplane refueling goes on around you multiple times throughout each shift, and it's possible for the flammable jet fuel to spill and catch fire. If you're in close proximity to the fire, you could sustain a serious burn that prevents you from working for a long time and requires significant medical attention. For each of these types of injury, a workers' compensation case may be possible.