According to the National Transportation Safety Board, in roughly the last five years, at least 49 crew members aboard airplanes were seriously injured during the course of their work due to wind turbulence while aboard the flight.
Most typically, it is flight attendants that are injured most severely because they can be up and about the cabin tending to fliers when wind turbulence strikes unexpectedly. When unexpected rough conditions hit, flight attendants can be helpless.
One injured flight attendant reports being knocked unconscious during a cross-country flight when the plane she was working in hit turbulence over the Rocky Mountains. Reportedly, she was thrown from her jump seat and slammed into the ceiling so hard she lost consciousness.
In 2010, over 8 percent of air transportation workers suffered injury in the course of their work. While airlines are constantly working to avoid such situations by using sophisticated detection equipment, flying around storms and being in communication with air-traffic controllers, sometimes it is unavoidable. According to one profession at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, "It's the last of the unanticipated threats."
However, Alabama flight attendants can rest assured that if they are injured in the course of the work, they may be entitled to workers' compensation to cover medical expenses as well as any lost wages.
Source: USA Today, "Danger of turbulence remains safety threat to air travel," Bart Jansen, Sept. 11, 2012
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