“Poisonous breath in aircraft accumulates . But the trade association downplayed the problem…”
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Thick air in the cabin
BY TIM VAN BEVEREN AND PER HINRICHS
Poisonous breath in aircraft accumulates. But the trade association downplayed the problem Flight attendants and pilots apparently ill far more likely to toxins in the cabin air than previously thought. The Professional Association (BG) transport are for the period from January 2014 to February this year around 1,000 cases before in which the cabin crew claiming to have been poisoned by toxins from the air we breathe in the cabin. This emerges from a small request of the Green Bundestag member Markus Tressel, the possession of the “world”.
The BG published these figures do not voluntarily, multiple requests of the “world” remained in recent years always unanswered. The federal government, however, compared to the BG is accountable – so the numbers are coming for the first time to the public. “1000 cases is actually already a scandal in itself,” said Tressel. “Nevertheless, the BG is doing everything to downplay the problem further. As handled here with sufferers, is extremely cynical to me.” In no case, the BG has previously expressed a recognition as an occupational accident or occupational disease.
The professional associations have the responsibility for preventing occupational accidents, occupational diseases and work-related health risks since 1885th At the same time they are also the statutory accident insurance of the German private sector and their employees. Those who have suffered an accident at work or suffer from an occupational disease, are to be medically, socially and professionally rehabilitated by the competent BG. It guarantees the Social Code.
But the practice often looks different. Most only after long-term processes get people who are accident at work or illness permanently to contaminants that they are entitled to compensation and pensions. Because the burden of proof, ie the clear evidence of the disease lies with the sufferers. Such methods are always particularly complicated and long, when it comes to so far unknown New syndromes. So even with lung, heart and nerve damage poisoned cabin air on board aircraft.
During be performed in England and the United States already complaints of passengers by so-called Fume events on board such incidents are technically called against air carriers and aircraft manufacturers, apparently only the social courts deal with us so far with currently 15 such cases. Also it is apparent from the request.
For eight years dealing incidents in which pilots and flight attendants claim to be ill from the chemical mixture of various toxins in the aircraft air traffic BG in Hamburg. It is responsible for the employees of the German airlines. The burden of proof is overwhelming from the perspective of the patients. Expert at the University of Göttingen have examined since spring 2014 more than 140 affected by incidents on board. Various toxic pollutants were detected repeatedly in blood and urine samples, which are used exclusively in aviation.
According to the doctors this explains the encountered symptoms in pilots, cabin crews and passengers for incidents aboard. But despite now more than 100 unique findings will see no causal relationship between the disease and the events aboard the BG previously. “Affected are about social hardship cases,” said Ver.di National Chairman Robert Hengster. The BG is “not even close to their legal responsibility and mission” of trade unionist opinion. Since 2010, the BG Verkehr certainly seems to use more resources and effort on it, playing down the problem of contaminated cabin air and the health consequences. So it looks the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC). “This happens recently remarkably often with highly questionable methods,” said VC spokesman and Boeing pilot Markus Wahl.
Both unions complaints pile of stakeholders, which are either not at all or only sent on their Stresses for further medical diagnosis to Göttingen after an incident of occupational doctors to airport nearby trauma centers. Also, the physicians would refuse to take blood and urine samples in a timely manner or those samples would “lost”, so choice. On several occasions just the acting in the BG-order through doctors reportedly refused, sick ascribe affected after an incident, but also permanently ill. Several such complaints are also the “world”.
All this has, in the opinion of the unions apparently “system”, especially after independent doctors in Göttingen to the detriment of the BG and the airlines have found it. “We forced to the suspicion that these unfavorable results equal to a latch to be pushed forward,” said VC spokesman choice. That patient would not sick, was an “extremely alarming practice”. It could lead to “Crew members who are not healthy start for their work – a serious threat to flight safety.”
Slowly but move comes in the matter. In late February, the head of BG-prevention department, Jörg Hedtmann, first invited the German Airlines, in future to consider the issue of toxins in the air we breathe in the legally prescribed risk analyzes. This is clear from one of the “world” present letter to all flight operations.
The BG can be but a back door open – and puts its commitment again by an attached report of the Mainz neurologists Reiner Thümler from April 2015 which gives the all-clear in the cabin air in his expertise. Thümler dealt with the medical-forensic results of the investigations and the dead British pilots Richard Westgate. The 42-year-old had died after a long illness in December 2012 Design. He had left his body of science for research purposes. Six months later, also suggested the judge assigned to the clarification of the cause of death county coroner Stanhope Payne in English Dorset Alert: In a public announcement, he turned to British Airways and British aviation authority CAA. He warned of health hazards, but also from possible further deaths if lead about by toxins nerve sick pilot aircraft and cause an accident.
But this, after all, official notification will be ignored by the BG today. Ironically the Thümler certificate is compared to the airlines to confirm the opposite. But several scientists dissect the opinion. In this newspaper this opinion to the BG researchers criticize that Professor Thümler have obviously not worked with the correct publication, “illegal” and “unscientific” references like Wikipedia quotes and statements on toxicological aspects presume that he as a neurologist not even could judge. The authors call on the BG, the opinions and all the related publications corrected. Your criticism sent scientists also to the health and labor ministry and several parliamentary committees.
In the eyes of Ver.di, the process for the BG is highly embarrassing. “Here thousands of Euros were sunk in a dubious complacency report in which the expert has not even worked with the correct version of the study,” said Ver.di man Hengster.
For the report and the allegations, the BG would not comment with respect to the “world”. It emphasizes that all through doctors are bound by instructions worked. The denial of sick leave by physicians was not objectionable from BG-view, “when they find no relevant health problems”, told a BG spokeswoman.
At least the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will now be present under the supervision of the BG Verkehr, the results of the current investigation. This was confirmed by the Ministry upon request. Even the deputy Tressel looks next to Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) Minister of Labour Nahles (SPD) in the duty: “It seems already to very strange that crews individually to such cabin air incidents or brought close to the nearest hospital and be detected in their blood toxins but passengers remain blissfully unaware, “said Tressel. “All but breathe the same air. That the federal government continue to remain idle here, I think is grossly negligent and irresponsible,” the Green.
The youngest known incident in this context occurred on Saturday a week ago in Stuttgart: A German Wings Airbus emergency landing on a flight from Dusseldorf to Venice after two flight attendants had failed. Just two weeks earlier two German Wings crew members with the emergency physician were taken to the nearest hospital there before. What has happened to them, will probably never come out: The blood samples are removed them inexplicably disappeared.
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Policy air traffic how dangerous is the air in the airplane really? by tim van beveren before 13 hours 10 it smells often funny in flugzeugen, thats known. but that the air in the cabin toxic, even fatal be can, is for frequent flyer and crew a shock. the pilotenvereinigung beats alarm. source: n24 pilots and flight attendant suffer under contaminated air: round 1000 cases reported they the professional association. the but recognizes the diseases mostly not on. and what’s with the passengers? flight attendant and pilots fall ill apparently far frequently on giftstoffen in the kabinenluft as so far accepted. the professional association (bg) traffic lie for the period by january 2014 until february this year round 1000 cases before, at those the flight crew current power, by toxins from the breathing air in the cabin poisoned been to be. the goes from one small inquiry the green-bundestagsabgeordneten mark tressel forth, the the “world” present. the bg published these pay not voluntary, several ask the “world” remained in the past years always unanswered. the federal government opposite is the bg however accountable – so come the pay now to the first times on the public. “1000 cases is actually already a scandal for itself”, so tressel. “but nevertheless does the bg everything, around the problem further downplay. how here with diseased handled will, is for me almost cynical.” in no single case has the bg so far a recognition as accidents at work or occupational disease pronounced. thereby have the berufsgenossenschaften since 1885 the job, accidents at work, berufskrankheiten and work-related health dangers to prevent. same time are they also the carrier the legal unfallversicherungen the german private sector and their employee. those, the one accidents at work suffered have or on one occupational disease suffer, must by the competent bg medical, professional and social rehabilitated become. so guaranteed it at least the sozialgesetz. affected see 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different toxins in the flugzeugluft ill to be, the bg traffic in hamburg. she’s for the employed the german airlines responsible. the burden of proof is from view the diseased oppressive. physician the university göttingen have since spring 2014 more as 140 affected after occur on board examines. thereby could repeatedly in blut- and urinproben various toxic pollutants demonstrated become, the exclusively in the aviation used become. after view the physician declared this the occurred disease symptoms at pilots, cabin staff and passengers after occur on board. but despite meanwhile more as 100 clear findings wants the bg so far no causal coherence between the diseases and the occur on board see. “affected become so to social härtefällen”, says ver.di-bundesfachgruppenleiter robert hengster. the bg will after view the gewerkschafters “hers legal responsibility and job not once roughly fair”. since 2010 seems the bg traffic in any case more medium and expenditure thereon to use, the problem the contaminated kabinenluft and the health follow kleinzureden. so sees it the pilotengewerkschaft association cockpit (vc). “the happens recently striking often with most questionable methods”, says vc-speaker and boeing-pilot mark choice. at two unions pile up itself complaints by affected, the after one incident by betriebsärzten on flughafennahen unfallkliniken either even not or first on their stress there to the more medical diagnosis after göttingen skillfully become. also would itself the physician refuse, blut- and urinproben contemporary take off or but such rehearse would “lost”, so choice. several times must itself just the in the bg-order acting durchgangsärzte refused have, affected after one incident, but also permanent ill krankzuschreiben. several such complaints lie also the “world” before. “extreme alarming practice” the everything has after opinion the unions apparently “system”, especially after independent doctors in göttingen to the disadvantage the bg and the airlines find become are. “us urges itself the suspicion on, that this unfavorable results equal a bolt advanced become shall”, so vc-speaker choice. that sick person not sick leave would, was a “extreme alarming practice”. it could in addition lead, that “crew members, the not healthy are, their work report – a serious danger for the aviation safety”. slow comes however movement in the thing. end february has the leader the bg-department prevention, jörg hedtmann, for the first time the german airlines asked, future the theme toxins in the breathing air at the legally prescribed gefährdungsanalysen to note. the goes from one the “world” present write to on all flugbetriebe forth. the bg can itself but a loophole open – and relativized her commitment equal again by a attached report the mainz neurologen pure thümler from april 2015, the in his expertise all-clear at the kabinenluft are. thümler dealt itself with the medical-forensic results the investigations on the corpse the british pilots richard westgate. the 42-years was after long illness in the december 2012 died. he had his corpse the science to forschungszwecken bequeathed. a half year later beat also the with the purification the cause of death entrusted coroner and examining magistrate stanhope payne in the english dorset alarm: in one public communication turned he itself on british airways and the british luftaufsichtsbehörde caa. he warned before health damages, but also before possible more todesfällen, if about by toxins nerves sick pilots aircraft lead and one accident cause. photo: infografik the world but these after all official communication will by the bg until today ignored. calculated the thümler-report shall opposite the airlines the opposite confirm. but various scientist zerpflücken the opinion. in one this newspaper present opinion on the bg criticize researcher, that professor thümler obviously even not with the right publication worked have, “impermissible” and “unscientific” references how wikipedia cites and itself state to toxicological aspekten anmaße, the he as neurologist even not judge could. the authors demand the bg on, the report and all with it in coherence standing publications rectify. their criticism sent the scientist also on the gesundheits- and department of employment as well as several bundestagsausschüsse. in the eyes by ver.di is the process for the bg most embarrassing. “here were thousands by euros in a dubious gefälligkeitsgutachten sunk, at the the consultant not yet times with the right version the study worked has”, so ver.di-man hengster. recently incident before two weeks to the report and the accusations wanted itself the bg opposite the “world” not express. they lifts forth, that all durchgangsärzte weisungsfrei active were. the refusal by krankschreibungen on the part of the doctors was from bg-view not to complain about, “if they no relevant gesundheitsstörungen determine”, shared a bg-speaker with. at least the federal ministry for work and social wants itself now in the frame the supervision about the bg traffic the results the current determinations submit let. this confirmed the ministry on inquiry. also the deputy tressel sees beside minister of transport alexander dobrindt (csu) arbeitsministerin andrea nahles (spd) in the obligation: “it expected already very much strange on, that garrisons after such kabinenluftvorfällen individually or closed in the next hospital brought become and in her blood toxins demonstrated become, but the passengers totally clueless remain”, so tressel. “all breathe but the same air. that the federal government here further idle remains, hold i for coarse negligent and irresponsible”, so the green. the youngest friend incident in this coherence occurred itself the saturday before one week in stuttgart: a germanwings-airbus had on the flight by düsseldorf after venice make an emergency landing, after two flight attendant offbeat were. barely two weeks before were there already once two germanwings-crew members with the emergency doctor in the next hospital brought. what them befall is, will probably never come out: the them removed blutproben are on unexplained wise disappeared.