Aircraft Maintenance Technology

OCT 2018

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34 OCTOBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY SAFETY MATTERS STEADY ON: WORKING AT HEIGHT Inadequate equipment or lack of preparation for working at height activities can see serious repercussions for employees and employers By Stuart McOnie Aircraft maintenance can be major involving significant production processes, or consist of minor checks and repairs between flights. In any case, it is important that the engineering or operations managers ensure their teams of maintenance technicians and engineers are suitably equipped for all tasks that could be required, including working at height. Employers and managers alike need to understand that even a relatively small fall from height can result in significant injury, production loss, or fines. The Risk of Injury The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) every year receives reports of workers in the aviation industry injuring themselves after falling from a height, with many incidents occurring during aircraft maintenance when entering or exiting the aircraft, working on or from service equipment. A significant proportion of the most serious accidents occur during aircraft turnaround, due to time pressures where there is increased activity needed to done. Almost half of the fatal injuries over the last five years across workplaces generally in the UK were accounted for by just two different accident kinds, falling from height being the biggest issue. From 2012 to 2017 there was an average of 40 fatal injuries per year due to falls from height, 28 percent of the total number of fatal injuries recorded. The hazards and risks involved in aviation maintenance work is often similar to those found in construction, however, the non-inear shape of aircraft and intricate maintenance tasks employed by technicians to avoid damaging the surface or structure of the aircraft poses additional risks to SEMMCO AVIATION height access platforms and steps on display at the EasyJet hangar. SEMMCO

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