Press Release – FAA Proposes $210,000 Civil Penalty Against Alaska Airlines
For Immediate Release
May 3, 2012
Contact: Allen Kenitzer or Mike Fergus
Phone: (425) 227-2004
SEATTLE – The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a civil penalty of $210,000 against Alaska Airlines of Seattle for allegedly failing to properly document and tag deactivated systems and equipment before making repairs.
The FAA alleged that on 10 occasions between June 19, 2010, and January 13, 2011, Alaska performed maintenance on six of its Boeing 737 airplanes but failed to comply with the required alternative deactivation procedures. Specifically, the airline allegedly failed to document the alternative actions it took, and failed to install the appropriate danger tag. These requirements are safety measures designed to reduce hazards to technicians during maintenance and to prevent potential damage to the aircraft and onboard systems.
Alaska Airlines has 30 days from receipt of the civil penalty letter to respond to the agency.
GalaxyFlyer wrote:It’s, by law, the FAA’s jurisdiction, that’s why. Airside, airplanes, all FAA, OHSA has no jurisdiction.
aerotech777 wrote:Why FAA get involved on this matter?
GalaxyFlyer wrote:Interesting, I was told that the FAA has exclusive jurisdiction on the airside. Wrong, I guess.
https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standard ... 1990-11-14
Where are the instructions for LOTO located? They are in the AMM. If you don't follow the instructions in the AMM for LOTO, you're in violation of the FAR's.
If you have policies or procedures in your GMM, GPP, GOM, whatever, for LOTO and you're not folloing those procedures, you're in violation of the FAR's.
It’s, by law, the FAA’s jurisdiction, that’s why. Airside, airplanes, all FAA, OHSA has no jurisdiction.
SUBJECT: Applicability of Certain OSHA Standards to Cabin Crew Members on Aircraft in Operation
The purpose of this memorandum is to inform you that OSHA now has limited authority over the working conditions of cabin crew members (e.g., flight attendants) while they are onboard aircraft in operation. Beginning March 26, 2014, OSHA will apply its standards for noise, hazard communication and bloodborne pathogens to the working conditions of cabin crew members (but not flight deck crew) on aircraft in operation. OSHA and the airlines have agreed that the airlines may implement modified training programs to comply with the training components of these standards until January 1, 2015, at which time their training programs will have to include in-person training sessions for all OSHA-required training.
aerotech777 wrote:What are GMM, GPP, GOM? Are these FAA approved LOTO manuals?
aerotech777 wrote:Where are the instructions for LOTO located? They are in the AMM. If you don't follow the instructions in the AMM for LOTO, you're in violation of the FAR's.aerotech777 wrote:What they referring by mentioned "bloodborne pathogens"
The hazards mentioned in this policy are: noise, hazard communication and bloodborne pathogens.
What they referring by mentioned "bloodborne pathogens" (infectious microorganisms in human blood): are they referring to the risk of recirculated air in the cabin (HEPA filters) or some injuries (skin cut)?
What they mean by hazards communication?
General Maintenance Manual, General Policies and Procedures Manual, Ground Operations Manual. These are Some of the different manuals, among many others, that operators use to govern their maintenance and ground operations. They are FAA approved and violating the procedures in those manuals can result in FAA enforcement action.
Our GMM talks about LOTO, so failure to perform LOTO, could result in enforcement action
aerotech777 wrote:If I am not mistaken, the AMM does not mention the procedure and the lockout devices that AMTs must to use to deactivate aircraft systems.
aerotech777 wrote:a) fr8mech and other AMTs, what kind of lockout devices do you use in your airline/aircraft operator?
aerotech777 wrote:b) fr8mech and other AMTs, do you have certain way or approved procedure to lockout aircraft system?
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