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Case studies

The following examples illustrate how companies within the air transport industry have tackled real issues concerning health and safety.

Aviation fuel mini-bowser

The risk of an explosion was identified in this aviation fuel mini-bowser and appropriate action was taken to reduce the risk.

Assessment and treatment for musculoskeletal disorders

This case study is provided by Aviance on health assistance for employees. The company offers immediate access to assessment and treatment for musculoskeletal injuries supported by physiotherapists.

Device tool for removal of hydrant pot lids

This case study provides an example of good practice to reduce the manual handling risks when manually removing hydrant pot lids when refuelling planes in the aircraft industry.

Improved maintenance steps

This case study is provided by Virgin Atlantic on aircraft maintenance steps. The company identified that a number of accidents happened when using maintenance steps. By working with a manufacturer they have greatly improved the design and safety features.

Manual handling training for baggage handlers

This case study is provided by Servisair on improved manual handling training for baggage handlers and the benefits that this has brought to the company.

Motorised tugs reduce manual handling of aircraft step

This case study is provided by Liverpool John Lennon Airport who adapted a motorised electric tug to assist in moving aircraft steps.

Turnround plan

This case study is provided by Air Canada on aircraft turnround. Significant reductions in the number of accidents during turnround have been made as a result of implementing this plan.

Further information can be found in the Air Canada Turnround Summary with additional detail in the Air Canada Turnround Plan.

Unravelling fuel hoses prior to refuelling aircraft

This case study describes what improvements were made to reduce the forces required to unravel fuel hoses.

Updated 2013-06-12