To keep an airport running smoothly 24/7, 365 days a year, thousands of workers in many different occupations are on the clock. These airport workers have to work under stressful and often dangerous conditions to ensure that flights coming in and going out of airports such as O’Hare and Midway are possible, as well as performing a multitude of other jobs throughout these terminals. From the people that ensure security to those fueling the planes, there is always a risk of injury on the job in these busy airports.
If you or a family member was injured while working at the Chicago Airport, you are likely entitled to workers compensation benefits. Contact the workers compensation attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for more information and a free review of your legal rights and options.
Varied Occupations Working Hard To Make Chicago Airports Function On A Daily Basis
There are almost 50,000 badged employees that work at Midway and O’Hare airports, with over 1,500 Chicago Department of Aviation employees. These employees helped over 85 million passengers come through these airports in 2011, responsible for the safety and security of these passengers, their belongings and the untold millions of other visitors that are dropping off and picking up these travelers. With the events of 9/11, there is heightened pressure on all airport personnel to ensure security as well as the ever-present physical hazards for many working in and outside the airport. Some of the more hazardous occupations for injury in airports include:
- Air traffic controllers. These jobs include those who work in the control towers as well as those controlling air traffic on the runways.
- Baggage handlers. With 85 million passengers a year coming through the Chicago airports, there is also millions of bags and other packages that must be loaded and unloaded from the planes and transported.
- Aircraft maintenance. Between flights, planes must be cleaned, fueled and maintained. These workers are often exposed to high-octane fuels, fumes and many other dangerous conditions every day on the job.
- Airport maintenance and security. There are many positions needed to maintain the airport building itself as well as to ensure security. These can range from plumbing, electrical and janitorial jobs to security guards and security checkpoint personnel such as TSA.
- Restaurant and catering. The pressure to provide food for passengers in the terminals and on the plane puts many of these employees at risk for accidents and overuse injuries.
Chicago Airport Worker Injuries
All jobs have some risks of injury, however airport workers have a unique and often risky environment to work in. Those working on the tarmac are exposed to planes like Boeing 747’s that can weigh up to a million pounds and require up to 59,000 gallons of fuel. Hazards from both in and outside of the terminal can include:
- Chemical exposure. Aircraft personnel are exposed to fumes, fuel and many other chemicals used to maintain planes.
- Slips and falls. Both in and outside of the airport, ground falls are common as well as falls from ladders, aircraft and ramps.
- Crushing injuries. Working on large planes along with many different types of conveyer belts and mechanical equipment can put workers at risk for crushing injuries.
- Airplane and auto accidents. Vehicles coming and leaving the airport can be hazardous to those working outside the terminal. Those on the runways and tarmac can be at risk of serious injury and even fatalities due to airplane accidents.
- Overexertion. Baggage handlers and other workers are exposed to risk of injury from overexertion while lifting and moving heavy baggage and equipment.
As with all worker injuries in Illinois, most airport work accidents will be covered under Worker’s Compensation. However, there are circumstances where there may be third-party liability for safety negligence that can give workers other options for compensation for injuries that occur on the job. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC helps workers injured in all airport vocations recover the maximum amount possible under the applicable law. Regardless if you work directly for the airport or a shop or contractor at the facility our attorneys stand ready to help you move
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