Today the ATSB released the first in a series of short YouTube videos highlighting areas where more can be done to improve transport safety in Australia. 

The first video focuses on the recurring dangers facing general aviation pilots, particularly around low-level flying, striking power lines, fuel management and flying into bad weather.

ATSB Chief Commissioner, Martin Dolan, said the videos are part of the ATSB’s efforts to increase awareness of the recurrent risks that need to be managed in the aviation, maritime and rail communities. 

“We’re finding through our investigations that many accidents, even fatal ones, are avoidable through better planning and execution,” Mr Dolan said.

“We’ve produced these videos to help the transport industry give heightened attention to these areas of safety concern. 

“The videos contain case studies of accidents and incidents along with advice from the ATSB’s own investigators. They send a powerful message from the people who are in the best position to understand the consequences when things go wrong.”

The ATSB will release eight videos over the coming weeks. The other topics that will feature in the series include safe work on rail, safety around non-towered aerodromes, maritime pilotage, data input errors, handling approach to land, under reporting of occurrences, and marine work practices.  

The videos can be found on the ATSB’s YouTube channel ATSBinfo.

More information about these top safety concerns is available on the ATSB’s SafetyWatch page

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Last update 07 August 2013