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Transportation Safety Administration cited for workplace hazards

The Transportation Safety Administration apparently has not done enough at one East Coast airport to protect employees who work near a conveyer belt from injuries. A recent inspection at that airport yielded 14 citations for those in charge of airport security at a particular airport.

Problems were found in break rooms, security checkpoints, baggage belts, and baggage inspection rooms, according to the citations. 

As anyone who has been through airport security recently might expect, a major problem is that moving parts of machinery (like baggage conveyor belts) are not guarded, which puts workers at risk of having their body parts caught and crushed. According to OSHA, there should be guards installed to make sure that employees do not accidentally get caught in the moving beltway.

A spokesperson from TSA said that the agency is taking the violations seriously and that they are working to correct the safety hazards that pose a risk to employees. Similar violations have been found at other airports over the past several years. 

Workers who are injured on the job need to remember that they have the right to workers compensation. Workers compensation can be claimed regardless of whether the injury was the fault of the employer or the employee. These payments can cover any lost income from time spent away from work as well as medical expenses that result from the accident. When an employee suffers from a partial disability as a result of a workplace injury additional compensation may be available in some cases. 

Source: Boston Globe, "TSA at Logan cited for unsafe working conditions," Katie Johnston, Aug. 22, 2013. 

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