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Airport conveyor belt killed a woman. A list of dos and don'ts when you're near one

Ayaan Paul
Ayaan PaulSep 01, 2022 | 13:11

Airport conveyor belt killed a woman. A list of dos and don'ts when you're near one

A baggage handler was fatally scalped after getting her hair got tangled in the baggage conveyor belt at the New Orleans airport in the US. 

According to the Daily Mail, the 26-year-old Jermani Thompson was working on the apron, an area where the aircraft is parked, loaded, unloaded, refuelled, boarded and maintained when the accident occurred. Thompson was rushed to the hospital but died soon after.

The unassuming baggage conveyor belts have historically been underestimated for their dangerous potential. There are many hazards associated with working at or near a conveyor, including:

  • Rotating parts or pinch points can drag in, crush or entangle
  • Confinement or assembly areas (the area between a fixed object and a moving one) can shear or crush
  • Parts that slide or reciprocate (press down) can crush or shear
  • Items can break or be ejected (thrown from) the conveyor system
  • Items can fall off the conveyor
  • Electrical, fire or explosion hazards

Here are things to keep in mind while working near or claiming baggage from conveyor belts: 

The next time you're at an airport remember conveyor belts are not as innocuous as they seem.

Last updated: September 01, 2022 | 13:11
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