Dangers on the Job for Flight Attendants

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Dangers on the Job for Flight Attendants

November 27, 2020

Any work environment has its hazards and potential to cause injuries. Being a flight attendant may seem like a fabulous job, and it does offer many benefits, but it is also a job that takes a lot of work. There are many physical demands and the requirements of the job are also very unique from many other types of work. Flight attendants work flying through the air, sometimes on very long flights and over oceans. Due to this, there are also many limitations to resources and services.

If a flight attendant is hurt while on the job, the type of care that they can receive is restricted. Should they face a catastrophic injury, their health and well-being become threatened. It isn’t just when they are flying that flight attendants face potential harm. When they are working in the terminal they also are at risk. A flight attendant who is injured while performing the responsibilities of their job should speak with Stephen M. Andrews, a talented and resourceful Florida workers’ compensation attorney to learn more about obtaining Florida workers’ compensation benefits.

What Types of Injuries Do Flight Attendants Face?

Dangers on the Job for Flight AttendantsFirst, flight attendants are in constant interaction with the public, and a lot of the time they are providing a service in the confined space of an airplane. People can be unpredictable and with the prevalence of stress, anxiety, or anger, a flight attendant can be injured by a violent or aggressive passenger. Next, flight attendants have to stay alert and focused so that they can perform their job. But this is not an easy task as they have to juggle multiple responsibilities during the day and night and over many hours as well as over different time zones in some cases. This alone can lead to an interruption in their natural sleep cycle.  Due to the irregularity of their work schedule flight attendants are at increased risk for accidents that cause injuries as well as the development of conditions such as insomnia, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, and metabolic issues.

Additionally, there are other instances where a flight attendant can be injured while on the job:

  • Flight attendants can sustain sprains, strains, muscle pulls, overuse injuries, stiffness, and chronic pain from the regular lifting of heavy luggage. As flight attendants help passengers stow their items and gain access to their personal goods there is a lot of turning, stretching, bending, and upheaval of heavy objects.
  • During the course of a flight, depending on the environment and the weather, flights can experience mild to moderate turbulence. As the plane shutters back and forth, a flight attendant can be subject to bruising, cuts, head trauma, shoulder injuries, and spinal damage.
  • Flight attendants can slip, trip, and fall while at work and as a result break bones, damage their spine and back, sustain head trauma, bruises, and lacerations.
  •  If a flight attendant is involved in a car accident while they are on a layover they can suffer substantial injuries or even death.

Speak with a Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you were injured while you were working, it is likely that your employer carries Flrodia workers’ compensation insurance and you are entitled to at the very least, have your medical expense covered. To learn more about your rights under the Florida workers’ compensation system, please call Stephen M. Andrews today at (850) 906-9599 and schedule your free consultation.


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