Techs Need Help with Fatigue Issues, Too

 - July 14, 2010, 8:12 AM

While it seems that most of the focus on fatigue issues is on pilots, the FAA is concerned about maintenance technician fatigue and has taken steps to educate the maintenance community. One excellent resource is the agency’s maintenance fatigue Web site, which offers information on fatigue issues and tools to help technicians and company leadership manage fatigue risk. The latest issue of the Mx Fatigue Focus newsletter includes a detailed description by Flight Options maintenance and ground safety manager Kent Stauffer on how his company deals with fatigue management. The Flight Options plan includes regular human-factors training for maintenance employees with specific advice on proper sleep techniques. Flight Options also revised its road crew duty policy, so technicians must receive 24 hours off after seven consecutive work days and a fatigue assessment after 18 hours on the job. If a maintenance incident occurs, Flight Options requires completion of a post-incident supplemental fatigue form, as well as analysis of trends and identifiers.