Do ground staff need more training or supervision or care when working around big jets?
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Asked By: stuttgart - 9/22/2012
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Ground employees really need a lot more training. I'm not sure supervision helps that much. Training cost's money, and there is a lot of lost time away from the job, involved with training. Most airlines let the insurance cover the physical damage to the equipment and declare the employees to be expendable... More
Answered By: Charles B - 9/23/2012
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Id say more training and more care. supervision not so much. there are at least 6 people around the plane at all times. someone should have noticed an improper size of equipment in all situations you have presented. they had all become complacent in day to day operations in their respective situations.
Answered By: Jeremy O - 9/23/2012
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