The Ambulance Service of New South Wales (ASNSW) advised of the following action in response to this accident:
- Flying staff instructions have been issued reinforcing that procedures must be in accordance with the operations manual, and equipment used for its intended purpose.
- Winching procedures have been reviewed and revised procedures, particularly relating to the position of the aircraft before attaching to the winch, have been issued.
- A mandatory winch review process has been introduced to ensure winching missions are conducted in accordance with procedures and to enable the detection of issues and potential scope creep.
- Cameras are being installed on helicopter rescue winches to facilitate training and mission review.
- A special casualty access team (SCAT) educator position has been created within the Special Operations Unit to focus on SCAT training development and certification.
Action taken by the operator
Immediately following the accident, the helicopter operator, with the agreement of ASNSW, verbally briefed all crews that ‘combined roping techniques’ were not to be carried out. That was followed by the issue of a flying staff instruction on 28 December 2011 that banned the use of such techniques. This ban remains in place and has been incorporated into the operator’s operations manual.