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What fall protection is typically used when working in aviation?

On this week’s special edition of Dynamic Discussions, Greg and David interview Tim Wade, the Director of Health and Safety from Constant Aviation! Fall protection is one of the most involved and invested in areas of safety in the Aviation Industry. In the Aviation Industry, most personal fall arrest systems utilize the anchor, a self-retracting lifeline, and a full body harness. The industry for aviation commonly leans towards fall protection equipment with limited metal parts to help protect the aircraft from dents and scratches. The human factor is a large safety consideration in the Aviation Industry. If a worker feels that they are unable to safely do their job, they are encouraged to notify the safety manager and take the time needed to refocus their efforts to confidently operate on the aircraft.

Workers in the aviation industry operate high above the ground even when the plane is in the hangar. Fall protection is crucial during every process, from manufacturing to routine airplane maintenance. The XSERIES line of fall protection systems consists of simple but effective equipment for aircraft fall protection. Get in touch with Malta Dynamics to learn more about how the XSERIES can ensure safety and compliance in the aviation industry.

XSERIES Mobile Fall Protection Systems for Aviation

The XSERIES offers flexible aircraft hangar fall protection and ensures employee safety even where overhead anchoring points are unavailable. Each machine consists of a sturdy base and an anchor arm that reaches high into the air. Rather than anchoring to something on the plane, your employees can walk freely knowing a secure overhead system will catch them if they slip. 

Safety is paramount in any industry, and that includes aviation. Every workforce handling aircraft must follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations for fall protection to prevent serious injury, keep projects on schedule and avoid costly fines.  Standard 1926.501 for fall safety was one of the most violated OSHA regulations in 2020, so it’s essential to prioritize systems that will help your company satisfy all safety requirements. Under this standard, employers must provide fall protection in various situations that involve exposure to heights of six feet or more. Some of the 1926.501 fall protection standards most relevant to aviation include:

1926.501(b)(1) for employees working near unprotected edges or sides.

1926.501(b)(2)(i) for employees constructing leading edges.

1926.501(b)(2)(ii) for employees walking on high surfaces.

The above OSHA regulations and others can apply to the various circumstances aviation workers encounter every day. Tasks like indoor or outdoor aircraft maintenance, plane refueling, helicopter blade inspection and many others require employees to work at dangerous heights, yet finding anchor points for fall protection can be difficult. XSERIES fall protection systems help navigate the aviation industry’s unique safety challenges.

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