Safety In TechOps
There are over 67,000 men and women working as aircraft mechanics at Tech Operations centers, airport hangars, and other facilities across the country.
Each working day, they face hazards that come from stepping on irregular shaped machines, aircraft that put them on surfaces high above the ground, components that spin and rotate at high speeds, and using potentially dangerous tools like grinders, power drills and crimping equipment.
The work is not for the faint hearted, yet the industry keeps a remarkable safety record, both for the technicians and mechanics doing the job, and the aircraft they service. That safety record begins far in advance of the moment a mechanic steps onto the slick, rounded crown of an aircraft, almost 30 feet off the ground.
It starts on computers and engineering tables at companies like ours (Simpson Aerospace Services) where safety takes center stage. For example, our newest products, narrow and widebody stands for Wi-FI and Satcom (Satellite Communications) maintenance are loaded with features to keeps crews safe and avoid putting them in risky situations.
Features like a completely enclosed work pen eliminate the need for tethering, giving mechanics greater freedom and confidence to work high above the ground. Safety aprons around the entire work pen eliminate another common hazard, dropped or falling tools and equipment. And sliders which lock in place, eliminate gaps (and possible missteps) between the aircraft and work platform. Because crushed fingers and toes are hardly unimaginable in an industry where even smaller parts can weigh 200 lbs. or more, our stands feature options like electronic lifts that remove the need for mechanics to manually carry materials up steps, and walkways (and the back injuries that come from that).
Work often goes on 24-hours a day at the Tech Operation centers and MRO hubs around the nation. And, because it requires deep experience and years of skill, that means more than 50% of today’s crews are 40-years old and up. Equipment designed and manufactured to remove risk, protect employees, and extend careers makes sense, and that’s what we do.
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