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Hazards baggage handlers face at work

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Baggage handlers are essential workers in the travel industry who face a variety of occupational hazards daily. These employees, responsible for loading and unloading passengers’ baggage, are exposed to risks that can lead to serious injuries. 

Understanding these hazards is crucial for these employees and their employers.

Physical strain and repetitive motion injuries

Baggage handlers frequently lift, carry and move heavy bags. This may lead to musculoskeletal injuries, including strains, sprains and back injuries. Repetitive motions, such as bending, twisting and lifting, increase the risk of chronic injuries like tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Exposure to extreme weather conditions

Baggage handlers often work outdoors, exposing them to extreme weather conditions. Working in intense heat or cold, rain or snow can be uncomfortable and increase the risk of weather-related health issues like heat stroke or hypothermia. These conditions can also lead to slippery surfaces, increasing the risk of falls and related injuries.

Vehicle and equipment accidents

The work environment for baggage handlers often includes the operation of or proximity to vehicles and heavy machinery, such as baggage trolleys, conveyor belts and airport vehicles. Accidents involving these can result in severe injuries. Collisions, being caught in machinery or being struck by moving equipment are significant risks for these workers.

Noise-induced hearing loss

Airports are noisy environments, with the constant sound of aircraft engines, machinery and vehicles. Prolonged exposure to high noise levels can lead to noise-induced hearing loss or other hearing impairments. Although protective gear like earplugs can mitigate this risk, regular exposure can still have long-term effects on a baggage handler’s hearing.

Recognizing the risks and taking proactive steps to mitigate them can help reduce the incidence of injuries. There’s still a chance an injury will occur. Knowing the rights and procedures for obtaining workers’ compensation is crucial for injured workers to obtain the benefits they’re due.