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Plane Maintenance and Safety



There are many different employment opportunities for people to choose from. Many of these jobs require special training or technical schools. Plane maintenance is a field where specialized training and experience are a must. Safety is always at the forefront when using tools and technology. Following simple guidelines can ensure that workers stay safe during plane maintenance.




One important safety measure when working on planes is using the correct tools. Using specific tools, such as a security cage, are often required when working on parts of an aircraft, and safety could be at risk if the proper tools are not used. Improvising to complete a task is also dangerous. Therefore, you should have a comprehensive knowledge of all the tools used to work on planes and when to use them. Cutting corners due to a lack of skill, training, or understanding of tools can lead to injury or damage to the aircraft.


Manage Stress


Any work environment can create tension. Working in a potentially risky area with toxic chemicals and dangerous tools can be stressful. One way to manage stress is to be an effective communicator. Alerting co-workers to potential risks and hazards can help ensure safety and make the work environment less stressful. Being overworked is another stressor that affects working conditions. Aviation mechanics must take time to be in tune with their bodies and recognize when rest is necessary. Being tired can lead to a lack of concentration and an increased risk of an accident.


Workplace Signs


Reading signs is a part of everyday life and plays an important role in workplace safety. Aviation maintenance uses signs to alert workers of potential hazards and the status of different work areas. Maintenance operations often use signs with different colors to alert workers of the risk levels. Red is the color designated for danger. This means that the area is currently dangerous or presents a potential hazard. A red sign indicates the use of flammable liquids or other dangerous substances that can create hazardous conditions. Yellow is the color associated with caution. A caution sign reminds workers that they need to be aware of their surroundings and should wear their protective equipment. Working in an area with hazardous waste or fumes usually has a red-orange sign to indicate bio-hazard materials. This is important because it indicates to the worker that they may need to wear specific protective equipment to be safe in the area. Green signs alert workers to safety procedures to help manage accidents, such as cleaning supplies and first-aid kits.


Proper PPE


Working on an aircraft requires specific personal protective equipment. This equipment is designed to keep you safe when completing specific tasks. Hard hats are a common safety accessory used to protect your head. There are moments when objects can fall during a job, and a hard hat helps to keep you safe and prevent serious injury. Another basic form of safety equipment is eye protection or goggles. It is common for particles or dust to be floating in the air while maintenance is being done. Goggles help to protect the eyes from debris. Rubber gloves are also necessary to keep hands protected from chemicals used during maintenance. Plane mechanics must also keep their feet safe when on the job. Steel toe boots are sturdy and more stable to keep you from slipping on spills. Mechanics often use sanding tools to make the plane smooth but also create dust. A respirator is a tool that protects the lungs and makes breathing easier while completing tasks that create fumes and microscopic particles.


Employment in aviation mechanics can be exciting; however, following rules and safety are necessary. Adhering to some basic steps can help ensure that the workplace is safe and less stressful.


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