November 15, 2017
To the Membership,
I am very concerned with the recent number of accidents involving TWU member’s; I want to remind everyone to be aware of your surroundings as we work and while driving on the ramp!
While we are required to all work IAW, I recently read of an AMT who was killed while working. What caught my attention was the following statement from the FAA, “We will investigate the accident to determine if the maintenance was being performed in accordance with approved safety procedures and if the mechanic has received adequate training.” FedEx went on to say, “We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues affected by this loss of our team member. We are cooperating fully with investigating authorities.”
Unfortunately, the family has filed a lawsuit because of the complete lack of information and communication from both FedEx and the Federal Aviation Authority. Most concerning is the fact that the family simply wants answers as to why Michael died and has yet to receive any. What happens if the FAA determines in their IAW investigation that Michael was properly trained and may have possibly made a human error? Could FedEx challenge this man’s family regarding his death benefits. Is that how far a company could be willing to go to set a new standard when it comes to the loss of life by a “team member?” So, the next time someone says don’t worry about IAW, I want you to think of Michael’s family and remember your loved ones at home!
We have also had several TWU members disciplined for unsafe driving. At DFW I am aware of a few significant accidents lately and I have to wonder if we aren’t driving too fast. All of the ramps where Local 591 members work have speed limits and IAW also applies here. So instead of putting yourself into an unpleasant position, of a ticket or investigation, simply drive the speed limit, stop when required to do so (waiting for engine shutdown or when an aircraft has its anti-collision lights on), and think if you might be putting yourself or your career in harm’s way.
I hate having to write this letter, but as the holidays approach we often become more distracted and now is the time to really be thinking about your personal safety and making it home safe from work each and every day. If not for you, do it for your family, slow down and be safe!
November 15 2017 Membership Letter.pdf