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Up in the air or on the ground, workplace safety is important

Every workplace has its own challenges - and injury risks. In some industries, such as construction, those risks are more common than others. But injuries can occur in all types of workplaces, and that's why workers' compensation is so important to workers in Maryland and through the country.

The role of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to help prevent workplace accidents. OSHA's counterparts at the state level seek to do that as well.

For the past 37 years, however, OSHA has not been responsible for regulating workplace safety for a large group of employees in a key American industry: flight attendants working in the airline industry.

Flight attendants have numerous concerns about air quality, noise issues and exposure to radiation at work. But since 1975, federal regulatory authority on such issues has been claimed by the Federal Aviation Administration, rather than OSHA.

Fortunately, that is about to change. OSHA and the FAA have worked out a draft agreement by which OSHA would have authority over at least some of the safety concerns affecting flight attendants.

Two organizations that represent flight attendants issued statements supporting the agreement. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said it would also be in the interest of airline passengers. This makes sense, because improving the health and safety conditions for flight attendants should translate into safer and more satisfying conditions for passengers as well.

The FAA is not entirely out of the picture. But it will now need to share responsibility with OSHA for flight attendant safety.

Source: " OSHA to Get Oversight of Flight-Attendant Work Conditions," Bloomberg, Alan Levin, 11-30-12

Our firm handles situations similar to those discussed in this post. To learn more about our practice, please visit our Maryland workplace injuries page.

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