Warning signs could be part of aircraft turnaround risk assessment
Posted by Jason Nicholls
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has written to aircraft operators about the dangers of reduced turnaround times at both British and international airports.
According to the HSE, there are a number of well-recognised issues associated with preparing planes for takeoff and proper risk assessments are essential.
The organisation said approaching aircraft while the engines are still running, handling passenger baggage and refuelling all pose risks.
All companies that are involved in aircraft turnarounds have been reminded of their health and safety obligations.
The HSE said as well as assessing risks, firms need to remedy them - which could be as simple as installing warning signs at turnaround points so contractors are reminded of the dangers.
"Following an incident at Edinburgh Airport, HSE has issued the following advice in an open letter to the industry," the organisation said.
The HSE first raised its concerns in an industry-wide letter in 2008.
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