Preighter safety tips at GHI Safety Conference

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Preighter cabin offloading is a confined operation carried out high up. There is a risk of trips ...

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Discover key safety advice from Virgin Atlantic and Menzies Aviation on unloading cargo in the cabin at GHI’s Digital Safety Conference on 18 May.

A special session addressing the ramp risks of a boom in preighter flights during the pandemic will feature insight from Justin McDonald, Senior Manager – Airport Excellence & Rest of World Airports, Virgin Atlantic; and Robert Fordree, Executive Vice President – Cargo, Menzies Aviation

The presentations will explore how frontline operators have addressed hazards like slips, trips and falls and musculoskeletal injuries as ground handling teams manoeuvre loads out of confined cabin areas.

The session will also examine the potential safety risks of adapting GSE to assist with preighter flights.

GHI’s Digital Safety Conference will provide a series of best practice seminars on delivering a safe and effective restart to operations. Other confirmed sessions include:

  • Human Factors: Bringing our employees back safely – stories from the frontline: From team leaders to PCAs, aviation businesses have been bringing back thousands of employees to active service after months of furlough or reduced hours working. How do we familiarise our teams with a very different operating environment to the one they left, quickly but safely? This session will invite case studies from aviation operators. Panellists: Gary Thistlethwaite, Health, Safety & Compliance Manager, Stobart Aviation Services; Jakub Iwanowski, Safety, Quality and Compliance Manager, Air Dispatch
  • Autonomous GSE: How Covid will accelerate the age of driverless tech and more automated turnarounds. Join the debate as GHI brings together leading GSE manufacturers to offer the latest updated on autonomous vehicle technology. Does the pandemic signal a sea-change in attitudes towards adopting new tech as ground handlers desperately seek ways of achieving more with less? What are the safety considerations we should be aware of as our employees interface with machines? Panellists:Cyril Lobut, Sales & Project Manager TractEasy, Smart Airport Systems (SAS); Nick Heemskerk, Director Global Product Development - GSE, JBT Aerotech; Sebastian Hoyos, Autonomous Technologies Growth Manager, Charlatte Manutention
  • Safety and sustainability: The spotlight will be on our sector like never before to embrace more environmentally friendly practice once the pandemic rescinds. So, what’s the relationship between electric/more sustainably powered GSE and safety? Is a greener ramp automatically a safer one?
    Jelmer Melissen, Chief Technology Officer, Smart Solutions by Viggo

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Preighter cabin offloading is a confined operation carried out high up. There is a risk of trips and head injuries. Trips can be caused by entanglement with tie down nets and rope. A fall is a major hazard for ramp staff who are over the age of 50: injuries might even cause death. Removing the seats and fixing pallets to the floor is the best method to resolve the above matter. I have done many preighter offloads at Heathrow since September 2020 and it’s been extremely difficult and unpleasant.

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