|Quoting USPIT10L (Reply 34):|
I've slipped on the ramp myself as well. We also were setting up for an arrival. Once it happened just before the plane was coming to the gate. I fell and hit HARD, our ramp was so big there was no way they could de-ice or throw salt on it. If I was the older age of some of my coworkers, I probably would've broken my hip I hit so hard. Slip, BAM! That's how fast it happens. One of the million reasons NOT to work ramp.
Oh yes, there is nothing worse than having no ability to stop the fall either. I slipped on ice on the ramp once, and by the time I realized I was falling, I was already on my back. I also whacked my head pretty good. Luckily I had a beanie on, but still.
|Quoting Nkops (Reply 29):|
the most dangerous part of any job (especially when working around machinery) can be repetition. Doing the same thing over and over, you can sometimes tend to forget certain safety guidelines... I know I have before, but luckily nothing ever happened.
Anyway, best of luck to him for a full recovery
That was actually the word I was trying to think of when I wrote that. Just like driving a car, we get so comfortable until the unexpected happens. I have had soooooo many close calls in my years on the ramp. I almost walked into a skywest airlines metro's #2 engine while it was running. I was in a hurry, because I had to disconnect the gpu (on the #2 engine of course). It was normally a 2 man job, and I had nobody to help me. I figured I could do it by myself, and prove something. I was so shook up, I had to sit down afterwards.
|Quoting Hiflyer (Reply 31):|
First off does F9 leave brakes set while on blox or release breaks once the chocks are in?
Some carriers leave them set...other carriers release them to avoid brake hub warping and faster cooling.
They usually set the brakes. There have been times that the captain releases them after being chocked. You can easily tell on the Airbus by a light on the nosegear.
|Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 21):|
Did the check in agents place a "heavy" warning tag on the bag? If not, then you're not at fault.
There was no heavy tag or sticker. I would have totally tested the weight before lifting in that case. I just remember bending over to grab it, and the shreeking tearing feeling in my lower back. Oh man, I cringe just thinking about it. They said that it was my fault, because I needed to test the weight of any bag before lifting it. I tried to agrue with them about the "heavy" issue, and they said that it did not matter. I really thought my career was over when I could not get out of my own bed for over two weeks. What a scary feeling.
I am releived to know that it was just a broken leg. I mean, a broken leg is awful, but sounds more promising than an amputated leg.
I wonder how traumatized the other rampers and flight crew were? I sure hope they sent out a team to help them with their thoughts.