Health & Safety

Stay Safe at Work Today and Every Day

Our Health & Safety Management System Corporate Bank is designed to help ensure all employees of Yukon Government have the tools they require to stay safe at work.

Aircraft (Rotory Wing - Helicopter) Safety

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Purpose:

This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent.

Guidelines:

DO:

  • Review the safety features and emergency equipment on board
  • Request a briefing from the pilot or flight crew, prior to getting onboard
  • Fasten seatbelts for the duration of the flight
  • Know the location of the aircraft’s Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) and how to operate it
  • Know the location of the survival equipment on board the aircraft
  • Understand what the proper loading and unloading procedures are for both gear and personnel
  • Communicate total weight of personnel and gear to the pilot, and if required by your branch complete a weight (load) sheet as required
  • Promptly inform flight crew of any safety or equipment concern as soon as spotted
  • Know how to open doors, in the event of an emergency
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (i.e., hearing and eye protection) when working in and around the aircraft
  • Secure loose items inside the cabin to avoid moving around during flight
  • Any gear that is being carried inside the aircraft, ensure it is strapped down or place under a net, as appropriate
  • Consider the type and nature of clothing required for the task and weather at hand. Where possible, avoid wearing shorts and/or synthetic materials, both of which are not ideal should the plane crash
  • Consider carrying supplies and equipment to sustain you for up to 72 hours in the elements
  • When working in a helicopter, ensure that you transfer your weight slowly from one side to another
  • Employees should seek additional training for the tasks that they will be doing/performing with a helicopter under power and on potentially uneven terrain such as:
    • Approaching a working helicopter
    • Disembarking from a helicopter under power to understand weight transfer
    • Slinging operations – if permitted by an employee’s branch/department
    • Moving and exiting a helicopter under power (i.e., hover exits), and
    • Other activities as stated within your job description and/or training

DO NOT:

  • Do not pressure a pilot to fly against regulations, during poor weather conditions or against their judgment
  • Do not fly out in whiteout or foggy conditions or when weather is forecast to get significantly worse
  • Do not approach a helicopter until directed by the pilot
  • Do not approach the helicopter downhill, or walk away from one uphill
  • Do not ever cross under the tail rotor, and never go further than the rear cargo door.
  • Do not carry loaded firearms or bear spray in the cabin
  • Do not put anything in the cargo hold without informing the pilot
  • Do not throw equipment or objects in or out of the helicopter
  • Do not remain inside a helicopter during refueling
  • Do not smoke inside or within 15 m of a helicopter
  • Do not run or hurry when working around a helicopter under power

General:

Reporting:  Should an employee be concerned for their safety, either the condition or repair of the aircraft; or question the pilot’s approach to safety, they are to inform their supervisor, complete either a Near Miss or Safety Incident report and file it with their workplace.