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Rotor Blade Safety

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Med FlightThe following article was published in the summer 2007 issue of UW Health's Level One newsletter for emergency medicine health professionals:
 
Without exception, safety is UW Med Flight's number one priority. The UW Med Flight program has long been recognized in air medical circles for its success in providing one of the safest air-medical transport services in the country.
 
Every component of the program puts the safety of its patients, crews and workers at the very forefront. This successful track record is also a testament to the focus of EMS on not only preparing a safe landing zone, but operating around the aircraft in a safe manner.
 
In this issue of the Level One newsletter, the UW Med Flight Program would like to cover the topic of "rotor blade safety." Following are key components to remember when operating around the aircrafts rotors:
  • When the aircraft is approaching, be aware of debris that may become airborne due to the powerful downwash of air from its rotors. Stones,
    dirt and any debris in the area can become a hazard, and it is recommended to stand at a safe distance, and not within the landing zone perimeter.
  • When the aircraft has landed, do not approach the aircraft until you see the pilot gesture to you that it is safe to approach. This will be when the blades
    have come to a complete stop.
  • It is also very important to be conscious of the rotors, even when they are no longer rotating. This includes operating vehicles or equipment in close
    proximity. Even minor contact with a rotor blade may result in damage that can render the aircraft unsafe to fly by UW Med Flight standards.
  • All traffic should be blocked whenever the aircraft's engine or rotors are in operation.

With these simple safety tips, we can ensure that all members of our team remain safe. If you would like more information on landing zone safety, please call the UW Med Flight program at (608) 263-3258.