Safety precautions to be taken with Ground Service equipment (GSE)

Career — By on February 25, 2011 at 5:09 am

Roni Chacko Mathew

There are safety precautions to be taken with Ground Service Equipment: Safety of aircrafts on ground and equipment deployed and moving around the aircrafts are of paramount importance, in view of aviation safety. Even, there are threats to safety of parked aircrafts and equipment due to bad weather for which safety measures are precisely specified Foreign objects pose very serious security hazard for aircrafts, personnel, equipment and property. Precautions to be taken on and near an aircraft: Aircrafts have specific dangerous areas that can cause potential hazard, particularly around the intake and exhaust area.

  • Safety cones are positioned around a parked aircraft to mark the danger zone.
  • No one should approach an aircraft until the Anti Collision lights are switched off.
  • The aircraft wheels should be chocked in order to Aircraft handling Safety precautions to be taken with Ground Service equipment (GSE) prevent the movement of an aircraft before positioning the ground service equipment.

While working in an aircraft cabin, make sure safety straps are put across the open door so as to prevent staff or personnel from falling down. Adverse weather conditions: During adverse weather conditions like high winds, the aircraft must be secured with additional chocks. • Aircraft must be parked in to the direction of the wind. • Remove all empty and loose ULD (e.g pallets and containers) from the vicinity of the aircraft • Stop all refueling and aircraft servicing. In conditions of bright sunlight, be careful when driving especially when emerging from under buildings and dark areas in to bright sun, as it is difficult to see ramp markings and aircraft wings. During lightning conditions, electrical appliances such as head set, radio, mobile phones etc should not be used, loading and unloading of explosives or flammable materials should also be related with Management of Airports, Aircrafts, Travel & Freight Agencies, Tours & Package Holidays” Gill said. A student anywhere in the world can take up IATA courses on-line and through authorized Training Institutes of IATA in every country, he added. Leading a panel discussion, Participants of workshop on relevance and scope of IATA Aviation Course along with Marco Gorin, Head of Galileo & Worldspan (back row, second from left), Biji Eapen National President IAAI (front row third from left) & Gurjit Gill, Business Development Manager IATA, Asia Pacific (front row fourth from left) Mr. Biji Eapen, national president of IAAI offered every support to Educators in Kerala for needful update of Aviation curriculam in Travel & Tourism Studies. Mr. Eapen’s presentation on Ground Handling Management was an eyeopener to the delegates regarding the relevance of ITDI-IATA courses in securing needed skill and training for ground staff. Dr. Rangarajan, Head of English Language, Maharajas College highlighted the need for effective communicative skills among Airline personnel. Dr. Mary Matilda, Vice principal of the college felicitated the consortium for conducting up such innovative programs. Others who presented papers were member delegates Ms. Sijimol of Dar al Uloom VHSE, Mr. Shaji of VHSE Edappally, Sunu Zam of Speedwings Academy. Advocate TJ Ignatious proposed vote of thanks n Roni Chacko Mathew avoided. Precautions for aircraft refueling: Fueling of an aircraft is a routine activity. It can result in major catastrophe with passengers on board if adequate care and measures are not taken. One of the safety precautions is that “seat belt ON” sign is switched “OFF”. The crew of the aircraft and commander must be informed when refueling is about to commence and when it is completed. Conclusion: All these safety requirements and safety measures calls for specially trained and skilled personnel for each handling operation of the aircraft and ground service equipment. All these safety precaution and handling procedures are as per the laid down procedure of IATA AHM (Airport Handling Manual ) which is a part of Ground Operation Manual

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