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Surveys of Alaska's aviation industry.

Conway-GA; Manwaring-J
NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2003 Oct; :40-41
Air travel in Alaska can be hazardous; aircraft crash is a leading cause of death in Alaskan workers. We wanted to ascertain current safety practices, beliefs, and strategies in Alaska's aviation industry. We contracted a local university to conduct surveys by mail, telephone, and in-person. Separate instruments were developed for operators and pilots. The sampling scheme was complex. Pilots surveyed were contacted through their employers. Response rates were 81 % for operators and 75% for pilots. Large operators provide more training, more frequent checking of pilot skills and practices, and pay overtime more often than do small operators. Pilots and operators agreed that improved weather reporting, decision-making skills, and regional hazards training could be effective ways to prevent crashes. Remarkably, 48% of large operator and 73% of small operator pilots report that their jobs are no more dangerous than other jobs. Pilots and operators agreed on many feasible strategies, including better weather utilization and decision making training. The continuation of a collaborative interagency/industry/workforce safety initiative holds promise in these areas. Pilot's reported risk perception contrasts markedly with surveillance data, which show an approximately 100-fold increase in mortality risk for this occupation in Alaska versus all US workers.
Airports; Airport-personnel; Aircraft; Occupational-hazards; Hazards; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Questionnaires; Pilots; Sampling; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates
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NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania