New Orleans Airport Worker Fatally Injured In Horrific Workplace Accident Due To Scalping On Baggage Conveyor
Most workers know that they can get injured on the job and the risks that are associated with their work. Employers put workers through training, develop safety procedures and handbooks, and conduct safety checks, but still many workplaces are not free from things that can injure workers. Simply put, no matter how careful a worker is, or how careful an employer may try to make a workplace, workers can get injured in pretty much any job, at pretty much any time, and in a variety of many different ways.
Some workplace injuries are known to be work-specific and commonly suffered by many workers in the same position. Repetitive twisting, bending, use of the hands and wrists, are some of the workplace hazards that are known present in many different jobs, from kitchen work to secretarial jobs. Similarly, jobs like construction and manufacturing often involve using heavy machinery, sharp and heavy tools, working at heights, high speeds, temperatures. However, some workplace accidents are on the less-frequent-side. These accidents, unfortunately, may end up in worker fatalities. Such was the case for a 26-year-old Louisiana woman who worked as a baggage handler at New Orleans International Airport.
According to local news reports, the tragic and horrific accident happened on August 30, 2022. Jermani Johnson, who was employed as a baggage handler at New Orleans International Airport, was unloading baggage from a Frontier Airline flight that had just landed, when she got her hair tangled in a baggage conveyor. Ms. Johnson was tragically scalped by the machine and was rushed to the hospital for life-saving measures. However, unfortunately, at the hospital, the injuries that Ms. Johnson sustained from the scalping accident ultimately killed her. Details about how the accident actually occurred are sparse, but it appears that Ms. Johnson had been working in an area of the airport called “the apron”, where the aircraft is unloaded, refueled, and other maintenance is performed, when the accident happened.
Compensation for Injured Workers in Louisiana
The terrible workplace accident that led Jermani Johnson’s death highlights just how dangerous our everyday jobs can be. Under Louisiana Workers’ Compensation laws, families of workers who have died in workplace accidents may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In addition, workers who are injured on the job in Louisiana may be entitled to benefits such as wage replacement when they are unable to work, medical treatment costs, and retraining. If you or a loved one has been injured at work in Louisiana, it is best to speak to an experienced Louisiana workers’ compensation lawyer about your rights and options. The experienced Louisiana workers’ compensation lawyers at Lunsford Baskin and Priebe are here to listen to your story and to see if they can help fight for you. The lawyers at Lunsford Baskin & Priebe offer a free and confidential consultation. Contact Lunsford Baskin & Priebe today and speak to a Louisiana workers’ compensation lawyer about your rights and options for free.