Slinging with Safety (TP 2228E-34)

Safety Promotion & Education

Slinging accidents happen mostly to experienced pilots.

STAY ALERT!

Do these sound familiar?

  • confined area
     
  • awkward load
     
  • mar ginal weather
     
  • untrained groundcrew
     
  • customer pressure
     
  • tight schedule
     
  • fatigue
     
  • inadequate equipment
     
  • uncertain field servicing

The safety problem…

Here’s how accidents happen:

  • getting pressured into a risky operation
     
  • accepting hazards
     
  • flying when fatigued
     
  • lacking training for the task
     
  • not sure of what’s required
     
  • operating in marginal weather
     
  • ignoring laid-down procedures
     
  • becoming distracted and not spotting a hazard
     

The major hazards: 

  • obstacles in the operating area
     
  • snagged sling gear
     
  • equipment failure
     
  • deficient pad housekeeping
     
  • surface condition: snow, soft spots, etc.
     
  • incorrectly rigged load
     
  • wind condition not known beforehand
     
  • overloading

The safety team…

The PILOT

  • follows procedures; no corner-cutting
     
  • ensures everyone is thoroughly briefed
     
  • watches for dangerous practices and reports them
     
  • rejects a job exceeding his skill
     
  • knows fatigue is cumulative and gets plenty of rest
     
  • checks release mechanism and sling gear serviceability

The GROUNDCREW

  • knows the hand signals and emergency procedures
     
  • watches for hazards—and reports them
     
  • rejects a task beyond his skill or knowledge
     
  • insists on proper training in load preparation and handling

The CUSTOMER

  • reasonable in demands; doesn’t pressure pilot
     
  • insists on safety first
     
  • reports dangerous practices

The MANAGER

  • allows for weather and equipment delays
     
  • sends the right pilot with the right equipment
     
  • insists the pilot is thoroughly briefed on the requirements
     
  • supports the pilot against customer pressures
     
  • demands compliance with operating manual
  • provides proper training

Remember, 60% of slinging accidents occur during pick-up

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