Aviation safety issues and actions

Checklist for joint testing

Issue number: AO-2008-078-SI-02
Who it affects: Electricity transmission line testers
Issue owner: Aeropower Pty. Ltd.
Transport function: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2008-078
Issue release date: 09 December 2010
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The operator has instigated a number of changes to its procedures and training including a checklist for use prior to testing.

Safety issue description

The operator's joint testing procedures were not comprehensive with respect to hazard identification and the use of standard phraseology.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2008-078-NSA-078
Action organisation: Helicopter operator
Action status: Closed

In response to this accident, the operator has:

[Introduced] a STOP procedure for platform work. (Stop before moving towards the conductor. S = stop T= talk, O= observe, P= proceed).

Updated and upgraded company Work Instructions to a new format which is more detailed and better highlights caution and warning points and includes detailed risk assessments. Initial upgraded focused on Platform procedures WI 611/01, 02 05, 06, and 22

Ordered electronic cockpit voice prompt machines. And review a black box voice recorder.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by the helicopter operator adequately addresses the safety issue.

Last update 11 February 2014