Heliport » Equipment Hazards


Tail rotor.
Tail rotor.

The tail rotor and the main rotor system (helicopter blades) can injure or kill an unaware or uneducated staff member. Hats, loose clothing, gloves, etc., can be sucked into the engine air intake fans and cause the helicopter to malfunction and potentially crash.

Recognized Controls and Work Practices

  • Limit access in this area to workers trained in helicopter equipment hazards and whose duties require presence in the area. [See 29 CFR 1910.183(o)].
  • Establish safe work practices such as:
    • Do not administer CPR to patients on transport carts while the carts are under the helicopter blade. This may elevate the height of the worker to the extent that the worker could be hit by the helicopter blades.
    • Properly secure all items such as loose clothing, hats, gloves, and scarves while in the helicopter area. [See 29 CFR 1910.183(e)(2), (f)].
    • Avoid the tail rotor area and helicopter blade area.

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