Airfreight Workers Injury Claims

 

Carrs Solicitors represent workers injured in the course of handling airfreight or baggage handling accidents.

According to the Health & Safety Executive in 2013/14 39% of injuries to employees in the air transport industry were through lifting and handling accidents and 24% of injuries were caused by slipping or tripping.

A significant 13% were also injured as a result of being struck by objects.

The manual handling cases very often involve failures in training and/or a failure to ensure that sufficient numbers of employees are available to undertake manual handling tasks, and that these are only performed where mechanical means are not available for reasonable practicability.

Baggage handlers normally work in conjunction with mechanical handling equipment such as extending belt loaders or elevating transfer vehicles, but problems are likely to occur at the point at which the baggage is transferred on to trailers or buses and in providing safe access to roller beds or other surfaces across which larger items of airfreight are manually pushed.

Problems can also arise through poor organisation or separation of pedestrian and vehicular transport routes and/or a failure to manage slipping hazards affectively.

Employers have a duty to avoid the need for manual handling where possible and where this is not possible they are obliged to reduce the risk of injury to the lowest level reasonably practicable under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations.

Likewise employers have a duty to reduce the risk of injury through a slipping or tripping hazard to the lowest level reasonably practicable under the Workplace Regulations.

Liability can arise where there has been a failure to organise work areas so as to eliminate sudden changes in level, poor drainage, sources of spillage for example hydraulic leaks or inappropriately placed mobile electrical ground power units and/or improperly stored cables for example for temporary lighting.

Making a claim

At Carrs Solicitors we offer a No Win No Fee service and provide home visits with interpreters where necessary to make sure you have the best chance of winning your case.

For more information call us today on Freephone 0800 5870746 or use the call back request on this page for free confidential advice.