Aviation safety issues and actions

Lack of formal task risk management

Issue number: AO-2009-068-SI-02
Who it affects: Helicopter operator
Issue owner: Australian Helicopters Pty Ltd
Transport function: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2009-068
Issue release date: 21 January 2011
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Action will introduce formal risk management process to the entire company operation

Safety issue description

There was no formal risk assessment process in use at the operator’s Horn Island base.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2009-068-NSA-051
Date: 21 January 2011
Action status: Closed
Following this occurrence, the operator revised the existing task risk analysis (TRA) related to winching operations. Once completed, the revised TRA will be disseminated to all of the operator’s search and rescue/emergency medical service bases as part of the initiation of formal aviation risk management training covering all aspects of company operations to be introduced in early 2011.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action by the helicopter manufacturer will, once in place, adequately address the safety issue.
Last update 28 February 2014