Airports, just like any other place of business, have the responsibility to ensure that the area is safe for both consumers and employees. It is critical for a work site to be free from hazards and safe for someone to avoid an on-the-job injury. After a recent airport death in Los Angeles, California state legislators are concerned with the safety of employees at airports.
Apparently, a 51-year-old man was killed as he driving a baggage truck. Somehow, though precisely how is unclear at this time, he fell off the truck. He was then hit by another vehicle that was in the same area of the terminal as he was.
The man was an employee of Menzies Aviation USA Inc. This company has received safety citations in the past from Cal/OSHA. In fact, they may be facing a fine of nearly $100,000. Three violations that the company was cited for were said to be serious safety conditions. However, Cal/OSAH records show that the employers has been working toward correcting the deficiencies.
Cal/OSHA is presently performing an investigation into the man’s death, including what caused it and if it could have been prevented. This is information that the state legislature wants to know. Their primary concerns seems to be determining if there is a systematic issue at the state’s airports.
When one is injured or killed at any work site, it is possible that the employer can be responsible. It is not uncommon for an employer’s negligence with safety measures to be the cause of someone’s on-the-job injury or fatality. It is important that victims become familiar with the workers compensation laws in California so that they can be properly compensated for any injuries, including medical expenses and income while recovering.
Source: Los Angeles Times, Legislators want hearings into worker safety at California airports, Dan Weikel, March 14, 2014