7LBAC111
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ATC Controller 'too Tall' For The Job

Sat Jul 30, 2005 7:58 pm

I don't know if this belongs in this forum on nonav - its somewhat related to CivAv, so ...

From :http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/4727179.stm

A graduate lost out on his dream job because bosses at an air traffic control centre said he was too tall.... the offer to the 23-year-old, from Northampton, was later withdrawn because the company thought his 38-inch (0.96m) legs would pose a safety risk.

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RE: ATC Controller 'too Tall' For The Job

Sat Jul 30, 2005 8:54 pm

The consoles' height is not adjustible. He'll have DVT every other day sitting in front of them. It's a health and safety risk for him. Feel sorry but it's one of those things.
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RE: ATC Controller 'too Tall' For The Job

Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:09 pm

Maybe they should have Informed him prior to him Applying for the post.
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RE: ATC Controller 'too Tall' For The Job

Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:14 pm

Quoting Cloudyapple (Reply 1):
The consoles' height is not adjustible

Can't he get an adjustable chair instead?

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RE: ATC Controller 'too Tall' For The Job

Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:23 pm

The chairs are fully adjustable. Lowering the chair does him no good as his legs will be even more cramped. Moving the chair up does no good neither, his arms and eyes will be at the wrong height for the HMI. The only solution would be to raise the console but that's not practical as different consoles maybe used for the sector he's validated on (assumming Swanwick). TC and towers' consoles are bolted together/to the wall/ground. At least he's able to work for Maastricht.
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RE: ATC Controller 'too Tall' For The Job

Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:00 am

I do not accept that nothing can be done or indeed should be done. We have new legislation in the UK which means you have to make it possible for disabled people to work by installing ramps etc at the companies cost. If an applicant was turned down for a physical disability, there would be an outcry, and quite rightly. Yet they are able to turn this bloke down with no comeback. The management who are behind this decision, or those who allowed such a situation to develop in the first place should be ashamed of themselves.
 
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RE: ATC Controller 'too Tall' For The Job

Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:22 am

They must have their reasons. I'm sure NATS would have been able to take him if it wasnt beyond reasonable effort to perform the modifications. If it meant having to shut down the ops room for a week (hence the entire London FIR/military/GA bar TC) to raise and rewire all the consoles that would be beyond reasonable. Let's see how this develops in the courts.
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RE: ATC Controller 'too Tall' For The Job

Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:41 am

Quoting Cloudyapple (Reply 6):
If it meant having to shut down the ops room for a week (hence the entire London FIR/military/GA bar TC) to raise and rewire all the consoles that would be beyond reasonable

They could do this the next time the damn thing crashes and so it's out of use anyway!
 
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RE: ATC Controller 'too Tall' For The Job

Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:59 am

This was in yesterday's Daily Mail according to the article he now works for Eurocontrol in Luxembourg.
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