Delta Air Lines Inc. has agreed to put seat belts on its baggage handling vehicles as part of a settlement with OSHA.
OSHA refers to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (http://www.osha.gov), under which employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.
This agreement came after Delta was issued a citation following a workplace fatality in which an employee operating a baggage vehicle without wearing a seat belt was ejected from the vehicle and died. OSHA cited Delta for violating a federal regulation that requires employers to provide employees with protective equipment, including — in this case — seat belts.
OSHA said the settlement covers about 90 of the carrier’s airport sites, plus 16,000 Delta employees and 6,000 baggage handling vehicles.
Delta agreed to full compliance within two years. During the first year, Delta will train employees on the proper use of the seat belts and install seat belts on equipment that currently lacks them. During the second year, Delta will enforce seat belt use among its employees and hire safety consultants who will monitor implementation of the program and report results to OSHA.
In addition to entering into the agreement with Delta, OSHA has stated that it will examine this problem throughout the airline industry. The agency recently sent a hazard alert letter to airlines across the nation reminding them that they are obligated to comply with applicable seat belt use requirements.
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