A local electrician who was in the process of being fired after an altercation with a passenger at a Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport said his employer is having a difficult time hiring because of the high number of injuries they are dealing with.
Electrician Chris McFarland, who was hired in September, said he and another employee were returning from a night out when McFarlands’ supervisor confronted him.
The confrontation led to the supervisor calling McFarlds mother, who called 911, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“My heart sank and I just kind of looked around at the other employees and it just seemed to get worse and worse,” McFarley said.
McFarland said he had to fight back tears as he described the moment.
He said he was wearing his emergency harness and his shirt and tie when the supervisor came over to him.
“I was like, ‘What are you doing?
Stop it,'” McFarlynn said.
McFlynn said he held his breath as the supervisor reached up and grabbed him by the throat, grabbing him and slamming him to the ground.””
I remember he’s holding a piece of wood in his hand and he’s like [screaming].”
McFlynn said he held his breath as the supervisor reached up and grabbed him by the throat, grabbing him and slamming him to the ground.
“It was pretty brutal,” McFlynn recalled.
“[The supervisor] had just been trying to force me to do something.
It was very hard for me to breathe.
I was so shaken.”
McFarlynn was taken to a hospital for treatment of a concussion, but he was not treated for any injuries.
I am a doctor and have a responsibility to be able to help the public, he said.
“There’s a lot of things we do not know about the air traffic system.
We need to know more about it and help the community.”
McFarlan said he is not alone in feeling the strain of the job.
A recent poll by Harris Interactive found that 43 percent of electricians say they have been hit by passengers, and only 12 percent said they have had a passenger hit them in the past.
Many are also dealing with other health issues, such as headaches and fatigue, that have led to a drop in sales.
According to the National Association of Electricians, a nationwide organization representing electricians, more than 1,200 electricians have been killed in the U.S. since 2000, including the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, police officer who was fatally shot in July 2017.
After the incident, the Fort Myers, Florida-based Electrician Guild filed a class action lawsuit against the airport, claiming it has a duty to protect passengers and passengers are entitled to fair treatment.
In a statement, the airport said it has worked closely with the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office to review the incident and will make appropriate steps to remedy any damages that were suffered by the passengers.
An FAA spokesperson said the FAA is aware of the Fort Walton Beach incident and is working with Fort Worth, Florida officials to resolve the issue.
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