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Old 18-02-2024, 08:30 AM #1
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Default Woman in critical condition after scarf caught on baggage conveyor belt at Heathrow…

…such an absolutely terrifying thing…

A woman is in a critical condition after being dragged through baggage handling machinery at Heathrow Airport when her scarf got caught in a conveyor belt.

The unnamed female baggage handler was taken to hospital after the incident on Wednesday at Terminal 2 after a Loganair flight arrived from Dundee at around 5.30pm.

It has not been said if the woman was hurt from the impact of being dragged through machinery or if she had choked on her scarf.

A witness told the Sun: “It was the stuff of nightmares.

“No one was on hand to help out. It’s a miracle she wasn’t killed.”

Luggage is taken through a complex network of chutes at airports and the baggage station, behind the scenes, is a hazardous area.

The woman is reportedly an experienced staff worker for Menzies, the company which provides airport ground, cargo and fuel services.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 5.49pm on Wednesday 14 February to reports of an incident on Terminal 2 Heathrow Airport, Hounslow.

“We sent resources to the scene, including an ambulance crew, an advanced paramedic and members of our hazardous area response team.

“Our first medics arrived on scene in four minutes. We treated a patient at the scene and took them to a major trauma centre as a priority.”

As of Saturday morning, it is understood she is still in hospital while the Health and Safety Executive and the Metropolitan Police carry out inquiries.

Heathrow Airport has been contacted for comment.

https://uk.yahoo.com/news/woman-crit...090003003.html
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Old 18-02-2024, 08:35 AM #2
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Horrific, you would think loose clothing would be a no no though from a health and safety point of view
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I've spent way too much time waiting in baggage halls. I've always thought they are dangerous places, because everyone is tired after a long flight or having waited for extended periods on bags and they just forget about the obvious safety issues there are with the conveyer belts
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I always bring my luggage in the cabin. I hate waiting for the luggage to be returned. I can bring a small one and a bigger one if I need it.
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…just to say that it was ground staff…/…a baggage handler so as Cherie said…was obviously wearing a clothing item that sadly had huge safety implications ….
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ahhh, ok, yeah, that changes it
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Iv watched enough videos of chinese and Indian men being sucked into presses and paper shredders so that does not surprise me at all
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…mind you, something that I’ve always thought was very conflicting with many roles that have specific safety requirements in uniform …is that the ID of staff is still often that of neck lanyards that hang and can be easily caught or grabbed etc by someone…
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…mind you, something that I’ve always thought was very conflicting with many roles that have specific safety requirements in uniform …is that the ID of staff is still often that of neck lanyards that hang and can be easily caught or grabbed etc by someone…
Yes. They need to change the uniform. It sounds like it has too many loose ends.
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It is possible the item was a hijab but then they are generally tucked around the neck, poor woman I hope she recovers
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Absolutely terrifying.
Hope she recovers soon.
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Wonder if it was one of these scarves ??



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They are Cabin crew...not baggage handlers
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I just skimmed through that first lengthy post and read a few of the other comments


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…mind you, something that I’ve always thought was very conflicting with many roles that have specific safety requirements in uniform …is that the ID of staff is still often that of neck lanyards that hang and can be easily caught or grabbed etc by someone…
In any work where that's likely to happen lanyard straps are usually "break away" - clipped on with a little plastic snap that means it'll just come off if given a little tug. Very important in things like inpatient mental health and special needs schools etc.
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In any work where that's likely to happen lanyard straps are usually "break away" - clipped on with a little plastic snap that means it'll just come off if given a little tug. Very important in things like inpatient mental health and special needs schools etc.
…not wanting to get too deeply into it, they don’t always break away, though…I’ve had mine grabbed on multiple occasions and sometimes it has broken away and other times, it hasn’t…/…similar with colleagues, it really is quite linked to the grabbing itself also…it is a requirement for some in their work place that hasn’t had huge thought of input, but then I don’t personally know of any serious incidents either…quite often things have to happen before they are addressed…/…in terms of health and safety…

…anyway, in this case… a loose scarf and a moving belt are a complete red flag….

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…I was looking for an update of the lady but I can’t find one…the last reports are still saying ‘critical condition’….I hope that she has a full physical recovery and obviously wish her well in her emotional recovery also…
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