Region of Risk


Region of Risk

“Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect”— Captain A. G. Lamplugh, British Aviation Insurance Group, London. c. early 1930's.

Aviation technical manuals emphatically emphasize warnings and cautions to be observed during the full spectrum of aircraft maintenance procedures. Technical training classes reinforce the safety mantra along with safety and human factors posters.

We are asked to respect and adhere to these warnings regardless of the working stresses we encounter. We have plenty of evidence from accident and incident investigation reports to know the consequences of carelessness, incapacity or neglect. Working in the Region of Risk can have deadly consequences if some of the proud members of the Dirty Dozen infiltrate our weak or non-existent safety nets.

Before entering the Region of Risk, ask yourself or your crew what are the potential risks I or we face by accomplishing the task before us. Are their any new crewmembers accomplishing this task for the first time? Do we have all the appropriate manual references and adhering to the warnings and cautions? Do we have the proper resources in equipment and manpower? You know what questions to ask and knowing what safety nets to employ.

It all falls back on being the best version of yourself for each task, every day, all the time. And take a page from the US Navy Blue Angles preflight briefing, “Are you glad to be here?”

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Be Safe in the Region of Risk

Roger Hughes

Decoding Human Factors, LLC

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