Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport filed complaints with the U.S. Transportation Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alleging that their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and three airlines that contract with it failed to provide proper training and equipment to safely do their jobs.
The complaints, filed Thursday, allege violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and ask the Transportation Department to impose fines and order US Airways, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.
The complaints, filed with OSHA's Philadelphia regional office, named PrimeFlight, based in Nashville. The workers allege that they have been exposed to blood and other bodily fluids of passengers in wheelchairs they push. The complaint contends that the employer does not provide required protective gear, such as gloves, or offer Hepatitis B vaccines, as required by federal regulations.