“Piloten und Flugbegleiter erkranken immer wieder an kontaminierter Kabinenluft. Nach einer Klage hat ihre Berufsgenossenschaft nun erstmals einen solchen Vorfall als Berufsunfall anerkannt…”
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POLICY APPROVED PROFESSIONAL ACCIDENT
poisoned stewardess of cabin air
BY TIM VAN BEVEREN
It smells often comical in aircraft, which is known. But the air in the cabin toxic, can even death is a shock for frequent flyers and crew. The pilots union has sounded the alarm.
Pilots and flight attendants ill repeatedly to contaminated cabin air. After a suit their professional association now has first recognized such an incident as an occupational accident.
The Professional Association (BG) traffic for the first time recognized an accident at work, in which a flight attendant was suffering from poisoned cabin air. This was announced by the Sozialgericht Hamburg, after the “world” had reported on an accumulation of such incidents.
Only after a complaint by the flight attendant that BG had considered the case on 23 May
as an occupational accident – voluntary. Therefore, there is no judgment, said a court spokesman.
It is only the second method has become known, in which an occupational injury of a crew member is approved in conjunction with poisoned cabin air worldwide. 2010 had awarded against her employer in Australia, the Supreme Court of a flight attendant damages. Many processes, especially abroad, were completed out of court, require the parties to silence, so precedents were avoided, to which applicants can appeal.
According to research of the “world” of the incident, which has now been negotiated in Hamburg took place, already on 23 June 2013, a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Munich. Aboard the then already 19 years old Airbus A321 happened landing a so-called “fume event”: At an altitude 2500-1500 meters a pungent smell was by the crew in the cockpit and in the cabin perceived.
After landing, the flight attendant with poisoning symptoms had to be treated medically. After that she was on sick leave for several months incapacitated. 2014, it was brought to the statutory accident insurance, the BG Verkehr in Hamburg, suit for her occupational accident is recognized.
Incident was not classified as a serious incident In statistics, the Brunswick Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU), which is responsible for such investigations, this however does not appear. A spokesman said that the case “has not yet been classified as worthy investigation of accident or serious incident and therefore not investigated.”
Whether Lufthansa has complied in this context of their legal obligation to report, declined to comment on the speaker. About the outcome of the procedure, the Authority found out only by the “world”.
The Bundestag Markus Tressel (Green) criticized this focus, because actually had BFU and BG agreed to exchange more closely on incidents. “But obviously there is no genuine interest,” Tressel said the “world”. “This zero communication ensures that cases under the carpet and do not fulfill the airlines of their legal obligation to report.”
The federal government must ensure that in such cases, fines are imposed. In addition, the airlines and the passengers would have to provide appropriate information to such incidents.