The Dangers of Aircraft Maintenance

In aviation facilities, where there are countless moving parts and many pieces of large machinery, the presence of hazards is inevitable. During aircraft maintenance, in particular, workers are regularly near large structures, sharp components, turbine blades, and more. Whether it is a hangar, ramp, or workshop, extra precaution must be taken in these workplaces. In this blog, we will discuss the five most common causes of aircraft maintenance workplace accidents and how to prevent them.

The first cause of mishaps is the irregular shape of aircraft. As aircraft shapes are nonlinear, it is not always easy to provide complete safe access to the aircraft. The rounded shape of certain aircraft parts can create gaps between the working platform and the body of the aircraft. To avoid accidents caused by this, follow ladder safety guidelines and use harnesses whenever possible. The next issue is the sheer height of most aircraft. Moving about the hangar or maintenance area can be tough because the height of the aircraft makes it difficult to see other people on the ground. As such, accidents like colliding with a wing or being hit by an errant tire can arise. To avoid these issues, maintain constant communication with the aircraft operator and never enter the maintenance area without permission.

The third danger is that presented by rotating parts such as propellers and rotors. Accidents involving rotating parts can be very severe and range from minor cuts and scratches to disfigurement or severance of a body part. Rotating parts can also turn any surrounding tools or debris into projectiles. To avoid such incidents, remain within hazard lines and steer clear of propeller arcs. Additionally, you should never lean on engine intake areas, nor should you put your hands or feet near them. Tie back your long hair if you have it, and avoid wearing loose fitting clothing or anything that could become entangled in moving parts.

Further problems are presented by dangerous maintenance tools. Certain repair tasks require the use of tools such as grinders, drills, and welding torches. To avoid problems with these, don’t rush through your tasks, and take frequent short breaks to prevent fatigue that could compromise your focus. The fifth and final danger of aircraft maintenance is aircraft chemicals. Lubricants, paints, solvents, and fuels are just a few examples. Some of these can cause skin burns & rashes, while others are highly flammable. To handle these safely, refer to material safety data sheets, wear protective gear, and be sure that proper storage and disposal methods are adhered to.

At Buy Aviation Parts, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all types of aircraft maintenance parts in addition to other parts for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries. We’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7-365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at sales@buyaviationparts.com or call us at 1-269-264-4495.


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