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Intensive Care Paramedic

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Anthony is an Intensive Care Paramedic with Careflight.  As a shift worker, he and his crew operate both day and night.  Their area of operations vary from coastal regions to remote inland areas.  As such weather conditions can vary greatly, and play a pivotal role in the safe operation of the helicopter.  While the pilots are primarily responsible for the safe operation of the aircraft, all team members take an active approach to operational safety, particularly when conducting winching operations.


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PatrickandAlexis Doyle's curator insight, March 22, 2014 7:33 PM

There are many hazards and risks associated with this job.  While not all of them are listed below, some of the main risks include:

 

- Slips, trips and falls.  Daily inspections of the helicopter require the crew to climb on top and inspect the rotor.  This can be dangerous in wet or windy conditions.

 

- Manual handling.  Removing the helicopter from the hangar requires a combination of mechanical and manual handling.

 

- Chemical exposure.  During refueling operations, crew are exposed to JetA1 fuel.  Risks include skin and eye contamination, and the risk of fire.

 

- Ergonomics.  Seating in the rear of the helicopter has poor ergonomics.  Extended periods in these seats can lead to short or long term back injuries.

 

- Manual handling.  Moving a patient on a stretcher, along with medical equipment can weigh up to 160kg.  Working in remote areas with limited helpers can expose the crew to serious manual handling injuries while moving a patient into the helicopter.

 

- Fall from heights.  Winching operations expose the paramedic to multiple risks.  As such, all crew members take part in a risk assessment prior to commencement of winching operations.  Potential risks include mechanical failure of the winch, fraying of the winch cable, trees snagging the winch man during descent or accent, or engine failure whilst the helicopter is hovering.

 

Other risks to the crew and aircraft include bird strike, which is possible due to the altitude at which both birds and helicopters fly, and wire strikes during descent.  Single strand wires can blend into the surrounding terrain and can be catastrophic if the helicopter strikes them.

 

 

Nick Holden's curator insight, June 3, 2014 8:52 PM

This is where I aspire to be in the next 5-10 years. Once I have enough experience on road, I will fly high in the sky, saving lives and finding new ways to better pre-hospital medicine!

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CASA Safety Video - Safety Management Systems

Originally produced 2012. Professor Sidney Dekker, Griffith University, Queensland, discusses the importance of SMS. ...
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Professer Dekker is well respected in aviation safety circles.  In this video he discusses the importance of taking on a holistic approach to safety management, taking in all elements and including the entire safety system.  Organising your system and being able to extract relevant data for analysis are key to ensuring your safety system is robust.  

 

Anthony, along with all members of his team, have a responsibility to themselves to question their safety management system and determine if it really does make their work safer.  If the answer is 'yes', then they must ensure that they actively contribute to the safety management system.  If the answer is 'no', then they are responsible for ensuring they make recommendations for improvement.

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Aviation Safety Management Systems - Organizational Factors: FAA Advisory Circular 120-92A

Since flight began, we've worked to improve capabilities, safety, reliability and convenience. Initially, the focus was on building better airplanes. Making ...
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Human Factors Training for Aviation Maintenance

Acuiti Technical Training's online course, 'Human Factors Training for Maintenance Personnel' will increase awareness of safety and continual identification ...
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Human Factors training isn't just for flight crew.  It is important that all staff working in and around aircraft undertake this vital training.  Aircraft engineers play a pivotal role in ensuring aircraft are safe to operate.  As such it is important that they understand how their actions can affect the aircraft and crew.  Equally, the operating crew are responsible for ensuring the aircraft is safe to operate at all times.  There are many links in the chain within aviation operations, and it is crucial that the members of each team communicate well and develop a strong rapport with each other, helping to maintain strong operational safety.

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Canvas Interagency Aviation Mishap Protecting People Mobile App

http://www.gocanvas.com/mobile-forms-apps/5425-Interagency-Aviation-Mishap-Protecting-People Life saving operations take first priority, use the Interagency ...
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Investigation: AO-2011-166 - Helicopter winching accident involving an Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter, VH-SYZ, 16km WSW of Wollongong Airport, NSW, 24 December 2011

Investigation: AO-2011-166 - Helicopter winching accident involving an Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter, VH-SYZ, 16km WSW of Wollongong Airport, NSW, 24 December 2011 | OHS Quest 3 | Scoop.it
Aviation, Rail and Marine accident and incident investigations. ATSB investigations seek to identify safety issues and encourage safety action to reduce the risk of future accidents and incidents.
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Despite the tragic aspect of many aviation accidents, there is usually a positive that comes from most of them.  The accident investigation process helps to identify technical issues with aircraft or process errors with the human element of aircraft operations.  Identification of theses issues always results in communication throughout the aviation industry which helps to make flying safer for everyone.  Aviation accidents often prove to be valuable learning tools for others within the industry

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Civil Aviation Safety Authority - NPRM 1321OS

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Proposed new rules helicopter ops open to comment. Sling loads, winching, rappelling, patient safety. http://t.co/oDFeuanpgk #aviation
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As the industry regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is responsible for ensuring that safety requirements are current, and they represent the most up to date concepts of safety and risk management. This article discusses changes to the Civil Aviation Orders (CAO) for helicopter winching and rappelling operations. By disseminating this information and ensuring that operators comply with these requirements, the improved procedures will ensure a safer workplace for emergency services personnel.

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Laser lights pointed at aircraft pose big risks, Singapore aviation ... - Yahoo Singapore News

Laser lights pointed at aircraft pose big risks, Singapore aviation ... - Yahoo Singapore News | OHS Quest 3 | Scoop.it
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Email 0; Share 121. Tweet. 0. Share0; Print. The number of incidents of people shining laser lights at planes flying in and out of.
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General Aviation SafetyWatch

General aviation pilots continue to die in accidents that are mostly avoidable. Learn more at: www.atsb.gov.au/safetywatch The key hazards that the ATSB has ...
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Human Factors in Aviation - IATA training course

Take this course in order to: -Understand the theory behind Humans Factor in aviation; -Evaluate the risks and negative consequences Human Factors, and; -Lea...
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the aviation industry's peak body.  IATA's scope is to implement policy and standards that are accepted worldwide.  Amongst other services, IATA offers Human Factors training to aviation operators throughout the world.  As human error represent a large percentage of aviation accidents, improving skills through Human Factors training can help to alleviate some of the stresses experienced in an operational environment, and optimise crew members performance during high stress situations.  Human Factors training is just one part of the larger picture that can assist people like Anthony, and ensure their workplace is as safe as possible

 

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