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controlled descent to the ground for a user after a fall. The
rescue device itself is contained within a small backpack
attached to a full-body harness and is designed to be used in
conjunction with a fall-protection system or anchor point.
"It's a great addition to a rescue plan, as it allows an
employee to self-rescue, versus requiring assistance of an
aided rescue by another worker."
When it comes to emergencies,
think like a Boy Scout
Be prepared. Slips and falls may be the most dramatic
type of accident avionics technicians may suffer, but
thankfully they're rare. Well, falls are anyway. There are
plenty of other dangers lurking under the shop's roof.
That's why preparation and practice is critical. Have
emergency equipment and contact information ready before
you need it.
As far as safety equipment goes, every hangar should
have the following:
* First-aid kits, including an eye-wash station.
* Eye and hearing protection.
* Automated external defibrillator or CPR training.
* A spill containment kit.
* Hazardous waste containers.
* Protective clothing.
* Fire extinguishers.
* Good maintenance stands with guardrails.
* The aforementioned fall-protection system.
* Safety signs and warning placards.
* High-visibility covers for trailing edges of wings
If your airport has an on-site fire station, it's a good idea
to have the first responders come to your facility to assess
your safety plans. Most importantly, you must provide
proper training for your employees on what to do in the
event of an emergency, including how to properly do CPR.
It may mean the difference between life and death.
Finally, shops might also consider taking advantage of the
AEA's SMS program by visiting aea.net/sms. q
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