Keeping an airplane in good condition requires a great deal of maintenance and attention to detail. Technicians often work tirelessly in hangars to complete repairs and diagnose problems that can negatively affect the performance of the aircraft. Working in a hangar setting can be dangerous, so safety should always be a primary concern.
There are some simple pieces of equipment that you can add to your hangar in order to ensure the safety of your airplane technicians while they are hard at work.
1. Personal Protective Equipment
It's essential that your technicians wear equipment that will protect them against potential injury while they are working on or near an airplane. Personal protective equipment is designed to serve as the first line of defense against serious injury.
Items like safety glasses, durable gloves, and jumpsuits that cover exposed skin should be provided to your technicians prior to each shift. These items can protect against accidental exposure to chemicals or other harmful substances that could pose a health risk.
2. Maintenance Stands
Airplanes come in many different shapes an sizes. Technicians are expected to work on a variety of different aircraft models, and repairs often require that technicians complete their work while suspended in the air.
The risk of falling while working in the air poses a threat to the safety of your hangar. Making the choice to invest in a maintenance stand can be a great way to protect technicians against falls. Your maintenance stand should feature sturdy guardrails and a wide platform that allows for easy navigation while technicians are suspended in the air.
Safety harnesses to prevent a slip and fall should also be used if a technician has to walk along the wing or other exterior surface of the plane in order to complete repairs.
3. Fire Extinguishers
Many of the repair processes used to address problems with an airplane's performance have the potential to spark a fire. Welding a plane's exterior could ignite invisible gases and electrical problems could create a spark that will trigger a fire within the plane's cabin.
Protecting your technicians against injury in the event of a fire is important. You should install several fire extinguishers throughout your hangar to help with fire suppression. All maintenance stands and interior work areas should also be equipped with fire extinguishers to ensure these fire suppression tools are available to all technicians working on an aircraft at all times. Contact a service, like SAFE Structure Designs , for more help.