Aviation safety issues and actions

Helmet provision and use

Issue number: AO-2019-025-SI-01
Issue owner: Aviation: General aviation
Transport function: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2019-025
Issue release date: 26 February 2021
Current issue status: Open – Safety action pending
Issue status justification:

The DNP has committed to procurement of helmets and implementation of procedures for ongoing conformance to safe operating procedures and use of helmets for aerial culling tasks. This safety action will be reviewed in December 2021 or sooner if advised as completed.

Safety issue description

Although the Director of National Parks’ safe operating procedures required shooters and spotters to wear helmets during aerial culling tasks, helmets were not provided or used on a routine basis.

Proactive action

Action number: AO-2019-025-NSA-038
Action organisation: Director of National Parks
Date: 26 February 2021
Action status: Monitor

In January 2021, the Director of National Parks (DNP) advised of the following safety action:

In December 2019, the DNP commenced an internal review of standards of practice relating to aerial culling activity and related PPE use to ensure best and consistent practice. As a result of this review, the DNP has reaffirmed its requirement for the use of helmets during any future culling activities (noting aerial culling remains suspended) and will develop and implement operational procedures to ensure their appropriate use prior to any recommencement of aerial culling operations.

The DNP has also commenced a process to select and acquire helmets for staff who undertake aerial culling activity in the future. In doing so, the DNP is committed to ensuring the PPE selected is operationally sound, non-obstructive and does not create further risk for crew undertaking shooting operations or anyone else who may be impacted by the work.

Last update 26 February 2021