The term "occupational hazard" signifies the possibility of meeting with an accident or being injured while performing the everyday duties of employment. Pennsylvania employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance in order to cover employees who may suffer a serious, unexpected injury or fall ill as a direct result of performing the duties of his or her employment. However, certain jobs carry an increased inherent possibility of meeting with an accident which is completely unpredictable as to occurrence and scope of injury.
A recent incident at Pittsburg International Airport can be used to illustrate the case in point. Recently, a female airport employee working the early evening shift as part of an airline ground crew was seriously injured while operating a vehicle used for moving airplanes to airport terminal gates.