Safety thirst

Over the last two decades of editing industry publications dedicated to the aviation sector, and more specifically to what happens on the ramp, I’ve read many thousands of words penned by safety professionals about the intriguing topic of ramp safety.

Lines had been drawn from various parts of the aircraft’s anatomy: the nosecone, engine nacelle and cargo hold doorframe, for example. The image served as a constant reminder that ground damage was no light matter-and the sums involved reinforced the need to work carefully around such expensive commodities.

One of the most daunting tasks is that performed by the de-icing operator. Instead of charging the airline by the gallon of glycol used during the operation, the company came up with a schedule of fixed de-icing tariffs, which varied according to aircraft type. The IDS (intrusion detection system) operators, in some respects, can consider themselves as a part of a special club-and each carries a coin. This is an IDS monetary unit and effectively reinforces the team spirit. The ‘coin challenge’ is a way to remind employees to make safety the top priority. IDS has been using the ‘safety coin’ concept for more than 10 years, according to Pat Brown, the company’s VPO Sales, Marketing and Customer Relations.

Every year, different safety coins are distributed which, through an annual contest, are designed by an IDS employee.

The main safety issues can be highlighted on the card, which should be small enough to be carried in a pocket of the employee’s uniform.

Collected and summarized from the source below by Minh Pham