Working for an airline could offer great perks (who doesn’t like free travel?). Still, it also involves serious risks, which are less common in most other jobs.
When you think of an airline employee, the first one that probably comes to mind is the person who greets you at the ticket counter or assigns your seat at the gate. In some of the work they do, these employees put their health at risk.
Risky activities may include:
- Carrying heavy luggage
- Exposure to loud noises
- Driving machinery in inclement weather
- Pushing wheelchairs
- Working with hot liquids in-flight
- Injuries from falling objects
These activities can easily cause a severe injury, whether the employee engages in the activity once or hundreds of times, because it depends on the individual and what their body can handle.
Common injuries in the airline industry include:
- Concussions or traumatic brain injuries
- Back and neck problems
- Spine injuries
Unfortunately for airline employees’ health, these risks come with the job. However, airlines should do everything they can to prevent accidents and injuries to their employees from happening.
Workers’ compensation is insurance that gives employees cash benefits and provides medical care if they suffer an accident on the job. Employers pay for this insurance.
The insurance company pays the claim Claims if the employer and the insurance company agree that the injury occurred due to a job-related activity. Submitting a workers’ compensation claim can range from easy to complicated, sometimes needing expert assistance to secure the benefits employees are entitled to.
Airline employees can enjoy a rewarding career but it is important to keep in mind the risks associated with the job-related activities they do every day and for airlines to do everything they can to protect their employees.