LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The union representing airline maintenance technicians and related classifications who maintain UPS' fleet of jet engine aircraft filed for injunctive relief after the company has repeatedly failed to protect workers' safety on the job.
The complaint, filed Nov. 23 in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Kentucky, calls on UPS to immediately halt the use of more than 100 lifts that allow workers to reach the mechanical components of the aircraft and rise up to 25 feet from the ground. The complaint states: "All employees who work on the damaged lifts face an imminent risk of severe injury or death." The request for injunctive relief comes after Teamsters Local 2727 has repeatedly raised concerns about malfunctioning lifts and truck booms that have dropped workers on multiple occasions, including one incident that left an employee with a broken pelvis and leg, directly with the company and with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). "The issues the maintenance technicians and related staff are raising are serious and potentially deadly. As UPS adds more planes to its fleets and more routes to accommodate the busy holiday season, these threats become even more serious," said Tim Boyle, President of Local 2727. Earlier this month a 19-foot lift collapsed while a member of Local 2727 was working on the left wing of a 767. While he narrowly missed grave injury, this was not the first time these issues have been raised with UPS. The union filed OSHA complaints at the state and federal level concerning lift safety in November and documented injuries related to the lifts date back more than two years.