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Killing The Goose

The Liberal Mind vs Facts Wrote: Nov 20, 2012 11:00 AM
I was told by an airline ticket agent that one reason you are charged more when your bags weigh over 50lbs is union baggage handlers are not allowed to lift more than 50lbs unless paid extra.
DoctorRoy Wrote: Nov 20, 2012 11:13 AM
Well if you have ever been involved in any job requiring lifting you'd know that it's mainly to protect the company. You start getting over 50 lbs. and employees backs start giving out and the workman's comp claims start to come in you'd charge more for heavy bags too. I don't know if it's the same way now but UPS used to charge extra for packages over 70 lbs.
wiseone Wrote: Nov 20, 2012 11:39 AM
For once I actually agree with Roy. It is a potential injury issue which means workman's comp which does effect the company's bottom line.

Some companies require employees to get help from another worker when lifting an object over a certain weight limit.

I don't know whether the limit should 50 lbs, 70 lbs, or something in between, but they have to draw the line somewhere and calculate to risk/cost/benefit at that limit.

BTW - Backs aren't the only muscles that can be injured. Knees are susceptible too.
The Liberal Mind vs Facts Wrote: Nov 20, 2012 1:11 PM
There is such a thing as the two man lift. All you need to do is mark heavy bags as multi-lift like we do with certain equipment in the military. Repetitive lifting can be just as damaging as heavy lifting on the back and knees, especially if not done correctly. I'm more amused with the ticket agents going crazy over three pounds difference.

Killing the goose that lays the golden egg is one of those old fairy tales for children which has a heavy message that a lot of adults should listen to. The labor unions which have driven the makers of Twinkies into bankruptcy, potentially destroying 18,500 jobs, could have learned a lot from that old children's fairy tale.

Many people think of labor unions as organizations to benefit workers, and think of employers who are opposed to unions as just people who don't want to pay their employees more money. But some employers have made it a point to pay their...