Hazardous Working Conditions

PrimeFlight has a track record of health and safety citations, across multiple locations:

Newark International Airport

In March 2016, OSHA issued proposed citations to PrimeFlight for 6 “serious” and 1 “other than serious” violations along with $30,000 in proposed initial fines. OSHA observed the following health and safety violations at PrimeFlight’s Newark Airport operation:

  • PrimeFlight failed to provide lift trucks with protections to keep workers from falling 20ft to the concrete below, a hazard OSHA says is “likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.”
  • Workers were not taught how to use fire extinguishers
  • PrimeFlight had no plan or training program to protect workers from exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials, despite the fact that cabin cleaners have reported finding and being pricked by medical syringes left by passengers in seatback pockets. In addition, they failed to provide workers with the required Hepatitis B shot.
  • During its inspection, OSHA found workers using an extension cord with exposed interior wires.

In addition, OSHA issued a hazard letter to PrimeFlight stating that workers are exposed to the risk of injury while operating the company’s passenger vans. OSHA observed workers operating vans with doors that jam shut or that reportedly open while driving; missing seatbelts or seatbelts that don’t retract;  nonfunctioning gasoline tank level indicators; and with power steering and alignment issues.

PrimeFlight is currently contesting the citations.

In October 2011, a Newark Liberty International Airport PrimeFlight employee sued the company, claiming that she suffered serious injuries after the company vehicle she was riding in crashed into a pole.  The employee alleges that the van was driven by a worker who was not licensed to operate such a vehicle and/or had no experience in driving such a vehicle upon the road or tarmac of the airport.  PrimeFlight denied the allegations. The case was settled in December 2015.

 

LaGuardia Airport

In March 2016, OSHA issued proposed citations to PrimeFlight for 8 “serious” and 1 “other than serious” violations along with $11,050 in proposed initial fines. OSHA observed the following health and safety violations at PrimeFlight’s Newark Airport operation:

  • PrimeFlight failed to provide eye protection to workers cleaning with hazardous chemicals.
  • PrimeFlight failed to provide retraining and instruction to workers on the usage and location of gloves when exposed to blood or other bodily fluids.
  • PrimeFlight failed to make wheelchair agents aware of the specific hazardous conditions associated with some of the company’s defective wheelchairs.
  • PrimeFlight had no plan or training program to protect workers from exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials, despite the fact that cabin cleaners have reported finding and being pricked by medical syringes left by passengers in seatback pockets. In addition, they failed to provide workers with the required Hepatitis B shot.

PrimeFlight is currently contesting the citations.

Seattle Tacoma International Airport

In April 2013, OSHA investigated an accident of a PrimeFlight worker at the Seattle Tacoma International Airport. The inspection found that the company had committed a serious violation related to powered industrial trucks. The case closed April 2014.

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

In October 2011, OSHA cited PrimeFlight for one violation of OSHA law and regulations into their operations at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For this violation, OSHA fined PrimeFlight $500. The case was closed on January 31, 2013.

San Diego International Airport

In October 2010, OSHA issued four citations against PrimeFlight after an investigation into their operations at San Diego International Airport.