In the last 'Blog' I have mentioned that there is a rule that every one of my students hears. This is,
“Rule 1: Look after yourself”.
This is number 1 of “The Three Leyman Laws of Aviation Maintenance”
Let’s have a look at them now while they are fresh in the mind and applicable to the previous ‘Blog’.
Rule 1: Look after yourself. Only you know what you are doing and why you are doing it. You are the person best placed to observe and assess the risks and to take the appropriate action to avoid harm to yourself.
If you do not look after yourself then you are not going to be able to obey rule no.2.
Rule 2: Look after your colleague. It is eminently possible that the person, or persons, that you work with are not your friends. It would be nice if this were always so but life being what it is you will find that, sometimes, you will work with someone you dislike.
Fact, you still have to work with them.
Fact, you are still in a team with them.
Fact, they are your colleagues.
Look after them because there may come a time when you need them to look after you.
Rule 3: Look after the equipment. Much of the equipment used on modern aeroplanes to maintain them is extremely expensive. Some of it is fairly delicate (ask your avionics people about the TDR – Time Domain Reflectometer!). Certainly a lot of the equipment on the aeroplane is delicate and expensive – need I mention inertial navigational boxes?
If the equipment becomes defective it will require repair or replacing. All airlines are pricing to the bone to be competitive, additional repair costs for equipment, especially Ground Servicing Equipment (GSE) could be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
At best you could be looking at a zero pay rise or, at worse, looking for a new job.
Possibly, defective or ill-maintained GSE could cause you injury (have you seen a toe that had a tow-bar - no pun intended, dropped on it?).
Either way, not looking after the equipment contravenes Rule 1 (see above).
Don’t say you weren’t warned!