Airplane workers, especially baggage handlers are at continued risk for injuries because of the nature of their work. With constant repetitive movements, such as kneeling, bending and lifting, baggage handlers are prone to musculoskeletal pain. It is common for airline workers to seek the help of an attorney to help them receive compensation for their injuries.
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A recent study, conducted by Swedish researchers studied the instances of low back and shoulder musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among baggage handlers working in the country’s 41 airports. The goal of the study was to document physical and psychosocial conditions in the work environment that could be used to develop interventions that would improve the health of baggage workers. Out of 1,400 baggage handlers, 806 were eligible to participate in the study based on being active, full-time employees during the time of data collection. Out of the 806 baggage handlers, 525 employees participated. 98% were male and 2% were female.