Falls, Burns, and Weather Threaten Aviation Mechanics
Did you know that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, aircraft and avionic mechanic jobs will increase by only 6% by 2020? Aviation mechanics’ job growth is pretty bleak, especially compared to the national average. Dangerous work conditions may be largely to blame. What can employers do to keep job risks at a minimum?
Enforce the Use of Personal Protective Equipment
The BLS reports, “[Aviation] Mechanics often lift heavy objects, handle dangerous chemicals, or operate large power tools. They frequently stand, lie, or kneel in awkward positions and work on scaffolds or ladders. Noise and vibrations are common when engines are being tested, so ear protection is necessary.”
Personal protective equipment (PPE), including hard hats, hearing protection, steel-toed boots, safety goggles, and gloves, drastically reduce commonplace aircraft maintenance hazards. In a survey of 770 workers, only 1% suffered from face injuries while wearing proper protective equipment. Employers can offer small incentives and reward programs to encourage regular use of protective gear.
Regularly Inspect Electrical Wiring
Aviation mechanics are no stranger to electrical hazards, including electrical shorts, fires, and even electrocutions. Employers can significantly decrease these risks using careful wire management. For example, cable ties (also called hose ties or zip ties) lock bundles of wires firmly and neatly into place. Workers can choose from color cable ties to help easily identify wires and streamline routine maintenance and inspections. Flame-resistant stainless steel cable ties can be used for high temperatures. Push mount cable ties, on the other hand, often require a bolt or rivet for installation. However, push mount cable ties ensure an especially durable, strong hold. Finally, workers can use cable tie guns to quickly and efficiently install cable ties. Cable tie guns cut ties automatically, and may also help limit injuries.
Maintaining and inspecting aircraft can be incredibly dangerous. Employers can drastically reduce injuries by asking workers to wear hard hats, hearing protection, and steel-toed boots as necessary. Cable ties also secure wiring, dramatically reducing the likelihood of fires and shock-related injuries. References.