Australian Army Aviation Defending Safety

Australian Defence have a strong organisational commitment to ensure no person will suffer a work related injury. The Australian Army Aviation Training Centre in consultation with Jacobs has implemented the BTS AirHook Lite as a practical product solution for managing the risks of falls for its army trainees when working @ heights on Boeing Chinooks CH-47 and Sikorsky S-70 Blackhawks.

Based in Oakey, Queensland, The Rotarywing Aircraft Maintenance School (RAMS) delivers in-depth theory and practical training to army aviation personnel to inspect, test, troubleshoot, and replace components of rotary wing aircraft during the performance of maintenance on the fleet of Army Aircrafts including Boeing CH-47 Chinooks and Sikorsky S-70 Blackhawks. Training is provided by both the aircraft OEM and Army Aviation’s own internal trainers.  

A detailed risk assessment of the daily activities undertaken by the army personnel identified further improvements for working @ heights activities that would benefit trainees.

Several product solutions were evaluated by RAMS including the installation of permanent overhead static lines. Obstacles in the overhead roof space above each of the aircraft bays would have meant significant changes to the building services to accommodate such permanent installations in different parts of the hanger.  

The BTS AirHook Lite and 10mtr B-Rail product solution was chosen by RAMS with the key advantage of being mobile and easy to move by the site forklift or special provided hand pallet trucks to allow the trainees to not only use it indoors but also outdoors on the flight line across a range of aircrafts parked in different areas.

Providing for 100% fall protection from the ground up to the final working area, the BTS AirHook Lite and B-Rail provides RAMS with uninterrupted access and overhead fall protection for 2 persons undertaking maintenance training activities on the aircraft. The site can also easily remove the B-Rail connecting the two AirHook Lite allowing for the units to be used individually.

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