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One job of a business is to protect itself against almost any cost. This can mean that instead of being open or willing to listen to a potential problem or safety risk, a company will instead spin careful rhetoric to cover responsibility. It’s the equivalent of having a conversation with someone whose only goal is to “win” and who already has their point so solidified that s/he cannot actually consider what’s being said. It’s not uncommon. Airline companies now are facing some of those hidden dangers.
Some who work in the industry claim they’re suffering from toxic fumes due to the working conditions on planes. Industry analysts are debating whether that’s actually possible for those in the skies to deal with potential fumes on a regular basis.
A Greater Problem
Too often, instead of considering a complaint as it first occurs, a company’s response is defensive, reluctant to make connections between an employee’s health and any component of their business. This is extremely problematic: if we had a collaborative model instead, when an employee brought forth a concern, the company would look into it and see if correction was needed. The corporate model makes that kind of communication difficult. As a result, it is best for employees to find a mediary that businesses understand (money), and file a claim when there’s an injury in the workplace, in order to help you as an individual and make needed changes in that environment.
Making a claim becomes especially crucial if the injury isn’t something obvious or visible. In the case of toxic jet fumes, many who have made a career in the airline industry reported symptoms of dizziness, nausea, and seasickness, but our society has a way of dismissing injury when it’s not as visible as a broken arm. We somehow believe that invisible symptoms can have a more subjective source, even though in this case, several people reported the same symptoms and there have been known to be toxic fumes in airplanes since the 1950’s. Nobody wants dizzy pilots navigating lives through the sky, and just as we must hold airlines responsible for keeping their employees safe, the same is true in any other workplace.