Northern Safety & Industrial
Practice Safe Baggage Handling at Airports
Picking up and moving suitcases, backpacks, and garment bags can be difficult on the back and shoulders. Imagine the possible aches and pains from handing hundreds of these bags every day. But that’s all in a day’s work for airport ticket and line service agents.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers some helpful suggestions to reduce sore muscles and injuries.
- Educate agents about proper lifting techniques
- Frequently do stretching exercises that help relax muscles and joints
- Use both hands to handle baggage and avoid lifting by the handle
- Utilize Heavy Baggage tags to create awareness of actual bag weights
- Minimize twisting actions when lifting
- Slide bags toward you to avoid lifting with an extended reach
- Position baggage carts at the proper degree to unload cargo without twisting