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Pennsylvania airport worker injured while towing airplane

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.

The spokeswoman for the airport did not reveal any details pertaining to the identity of the woman injured in the accident nor did she identify the injured worker's employer. However, at the time of the incident, the fact that a plane was not being moved by the vehicle and that flights were not delayed as a result of the incident were part of the information provided.

The airport spokeswoman also mentioned that the victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. However, she did not give out any information detailing the type or the extent of the workplace injury or how it happened. According to reports, the accident occurred when the worker was operating the vehicle which tows a plane and no passengers were injured as a result of the incident.

Source:, "Airline worker hurt driving plane-tugging vehicle," Sept. 3, 2014

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