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Accident Hazards for Tampa International Airport Worker


The Tampa International Airport (TPA) employs hundreds of full-time workers, and these employees may face unique threats while working at this busy location. According to official data from the TPA, the airport served almost 22 million passengers throughout 2022, and 60,000 people pass through the facility each day. Unfortunately, the TPA has seen numerous accidents over the years, and injured employees may need to file workers’ comp claims in Tampa to cover their medical bills, missed wages, and other damages.

Tampa International Airport Has Seen Numerous Accidents Over the Years 

Unfortunately, TPA has a history of serious accidents. Back in 1943, a B-26 Marauder crashed – killing five of the flight crew. In 1973, a serious fire broke out in a hangar – completely destroying a plane owned by Continental Jet Corp. In 1986, an amateur pilot missed his landing during heavy fog and almost collided with a Boeing B-727. The pilot of the Boeing could not avoid hitting the small plane, and almost completely destroyed it in the process. The amateur pilot died, and three occupants on the Boeing were injured – including a flight attendant. Over the next few decades, numerous planes have suffered various issues – including botched landings and collisions on the runway. In August of 2023, the entire airport was evacuated after an incident involving a firearm.

Hearing Loss Is Common in the Airline Industry 

A common issue in the airline industry is hearing loss, and this is especially prevalent among those who work in close proximity to aircraft. Jet engines can be incredibly loud. Anyone who is exposed to noises over 90 decibels for extended periods of time runs the risk of permanent hearing damage – and this is something that can seriously affect an individual’s quality of life. For reference, the average jet engine produces sound anywhere from 125 to 155 decibels.

Engine Ingestion 

Engine ingestion occurs when workers are sucked into jet engines in a fatal manner. Although this type of accident is supposed to be extremely rare, it seems to be occurring at a higher rate than normal. In 2023 alone, two American workers at airports lost their lives after being ingested into engines. This challenges the notion that these are “freak accidents.”

Baggage Handlers Struggle with Repetitive Strain Injuries 

Finally, repetitive strain injuries are very common among baggage handlers. These individuals tend to struggle with spinal injuries, arthritis, torn rotator cuffs, carpal tunnel syndrome, pinched nerves, and many other problems.

Find a Qualified, Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Tampa 

If you have been searching for a qualified, experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Tampa, look no further than the Franco Law Firm. We understand how dangerous airports can be, and we’re here to help airport workers who have suffered injuries on the job. We can also help families pursue compensation if they have lost their loved ones during accidents at Tampa International Airport. Book your consultation today to learn more about your legal options.




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