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Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:16 pm

Earlier this month a contract AA employee was killed while loading bags onto an MD-80 from DTW-DFW. Apparently another employee did not chalk the beltloader and it rolled, pinning the employee between it and the aircraft; he later died from his injuries. He was only 24-years-old.

http://www.freep.com/article/2014090...56/metro-airport-accident-employee
http://www.freep.com/article/2014090.../Metro-Airport-death-VonDre-Gordon
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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:22 pm

Those of us who work it sometimes forget... and people who don't work it often forget, but this is a dangerous business.

Very sad.
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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:57 pm

The ramp is a dangerous business.

Like I always say to myself and others, You won't kill yourself doing this job, it's the other guy who will. Check your work and double check your coworker's work.
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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:40 pm

Having seen the photos and witness statements, it's a real shame how it happened.

Can only brief my guys as much as possible how dangerous it really is out there.
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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:12 am

The ramp is not a place to mess around with. Even though the work is somewhat repetitive, you must be aware of your surroundings at all times. It's noisy and a lot of activity going on around you. Complacency can get you hurt or killed as well. You must know the condition of the GSE as well. Some of it has different tendencies. And you must be aware of all of it. You have to chock a beltloader once you get off of it. That is one piece of GSE that will roll on you.

It's sad when someone dies out here. And I hope that the young lady who injured herself in PIT a couple of weeks ago makes a speedy recovery.

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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:31 am

My heart goes out to the victim and his family. 24yrs of age is too early to depart the planet.
 
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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:50 am

Quoting T5towbar (Reply 4):
You must know the condition of the GSE as well. Some of it has different tendencies.

Very much this. Far too many of my coworkers are amazed that I know EXACTLY how to start each of our 8 bag tugs. But, it's simply a matter of knowing where the "true" neutral spot is on each shifter, plus which ones need a quick key turn and which need a slower one. All part of knowing the equipment your working with and how to handle it.
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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:00 am

what does chalk mean?
 
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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:19 am

Quoting fca767 (Reply 7):
what does chalk mean?

I think he means chock
 
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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:40 am

Quoting JRadier (Reply 8):

Thanks, i see it also happened at detroit in 2006
 
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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:31 am

Complacency can be just as dangerous on the job as it can be in other places.
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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:11 pm

Quoting JRadier (Reply 8):
I think he means chock

I did. Autocomplete isn't always a blessing!  
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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:06 pm

Heard about it when it happened, very sad indeed. Best to the person's family and also to the person who is going to be living with the guilt for the rest of their lives.
 
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RE: Contract AA Baggage Handler Killed At DTW

Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:34 am

I have picked up fingers off the ground, and rushed them to the hospital. Witnessed some horrific ramp accidents. I have transported well over 100 injured ramp agents to the hospital. It is a very dangerous place. I hope all of my fellow ramp rats here work safely.
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