A workplace death has led the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to force Delta Air Lines to provide seat belts to protect workers who operate baggage handling vehicles.
The agreement covers approximately 90 of the Atlanta-based company’s airport sites that fall under federal OSHA’s jurisdiction, as well as 16,000 Delta employees and 6,000 baggage handling vehicles. Under the agreement, Delta will come into compliance with applicable requirements for the use of seat belts by ensuring that all types of the company’s baggage handling vehicles are equipped with them and that employees use the seat belts while operating the vehicles on specified airport routes. OSHA says.
The agreement is the result of a citation issued to Delta following a workplace fatality in which an employee operating a baggage tug vehicle without wearing a seat belt was ejected from the vehicle and died.