Working as a pilot or aircraft engineer always comes across as an extremely glamorous lifestyle to those of us stuck here on the ground. The idea of jetting across the globe, seeing a different city every day and traversing the skies is one that is enormously appealing.
The job also comes with a number of safety at work concerns. After all, an accident at work at 35,000 feet has the potential to be a considerably more serious situation than an accident in the office.
What are the main dangers of an accident at work facing pilots and flight engineers?
Of course, the worst type of work accident for pilots is, by an absolute mile, a plane crash. When you are in charge of flying a plane you are responsible not only for your own safety, but that of your colleagues, the cabin crew and hundreds of passengers. That’s a lot of pressure to deal with and that’s before you even consider the importance of avoiding residential areas in the nightmare event of a crash landing in order to protect people on the ground.
So, what causes plane crashes? Typically, they are caused by one of the following things:
- Adverse weather conditions, such as heavy snow, gale force winds and thunderstorms
- Mechanical problems with the plane, either in the cockpit or structural damage to areas like the wings
- Collisions with other planes or objects. You might think that there is so much room in the sky that surely collisions between planes are impossible. However, if you actually looked at an air traffic map or radar, you would see just how crowded the skies can become.
Most plane accidents occur during take-off or landing, by far the two most dangerous stages of any flight.
How do pilots and flight engineers guard against workplace accidents?
The main weapon in the battle to stay safe in the skies is training. Pilots undergo rigorous and extensive training before setting foot in the cockpit. Successfully flying a plane is a team effort and co-pilots play an important role in supporting the pilot in a number of ways.
Whilst your job may be less dangerous than that of a pilot, it doesn’t mean you are immune from the threat of accidents at work. If you are injured at work, Accident Advice Helpline have the nous and expertise to win you the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice