Philly airport workers allege unsafe work setting

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wheelchair attendants at Philadelphia International Airport are alleging that defective equipment, lack of training and exposure to bodily fluids have led to unsafe working conditions.

The employees of PrimeFlight transport disabled passengers throughout the airport.

At a news conference Monday, they said the wheelchairs often have bad brakes, broken handle grips or other problems.

They also say workers have not been properly trained to aid passengers with disabilities, including helping them to use the bathroom.

Tennessee-based PrimeFlight issued a statement denying the allegations. The company says it has an outstanding record.

Still, the local chapter of Service Employees International Union 32BJ filed complaints with two federal agencies last week on the workers’ behalf.

A spokeswoman with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the agency has begun investigating.

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