Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:57 pm #1746417
It was advised to the group by an attendee that the reason high viz was introduced as industry best practice was when a pushback agent was killed
in dark weather at one of the London airports.
Not my understanding of the reason.
CAP642 Airside Safety Management Issue 1 was published by the CAA in March 1995 as a guidance document.
Working at Manchester Airport I was told of a collision between an Electric Baggage Truck and the Captain and Co-Pilot of a Britannia B757 recently parked on Pier B. It was the proverbial dark and stormy night as they walked down the side of the pier where the handling agents offices were.
Unfortunately, they were unaware of a cut-through from one side to the other used by EBTs to save having to go the whole way round the pier.
An EBT driven at speed caught them by surprise as they walked across its path. Although injured they survived.
CAP642 never mandated the wearing of Hi-Viz or any other PPE. It was designed to focus airports' minds on hazard ID, risk assessment and mitigation. When I later joined the CAA, I temporarily took responsibility for the publication and was often amused to be shouted at on aerodromes that wearing Hi-Viz was a CAA Regulation!
It wasn't, but as I was on their property their rules applied.