US Army contracts S.A.F.E for fall protection platforms for Chinooks

30 January 2020 (Last Updated January 30th, 2020 15:10)

The US Army has awarded a contract to S.A.F.E. Structure Designs for the delivery of fall protection platforms.

US Army contracts S.A.F.E for fall protection platforms for Chinooks
A US Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter departs a landing zone. Credit: SPC Glenn Anderson.

The US Army has awarded a contract to S.A.F.E. Structure Designs for the delivery of fall protection platforms.

Platforms are set to be customised for use on Boeing Chinook CH-46 and CH-47 aircraft.

The S.A.F.E. fall protection equipment increases the efficiency and mitigates associated risks during the aircraft’s maintenance process.

Maintenance of the Chinooks is currently carried out at facilities in Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Riley and Fort Bragg.

S.A.F.E. CEO Johnny Buscema said: “This is a more stable option than using ladders or climbing on the aircraft.

“I listened to the mechanics to describe their procedures and watched them perform maintenance. Only then could I provide the best solutions for safety, functionality and efficiency.”

Ladders designed for S.A.F.E. are customised and allow mechanics to repair and maintain the Chinook aircraft, eliminating all risks of falling.

Fitted with anti-fatigue mats, the equipment protects the mechanic’s knees and back.

Additionally, accessories for storage of tools and waste, and prevention of foreign object debris (FOD) damage are to be made available.

The stands are mobile enough to be comfortably used for pre-flight inspection of the entire aircraft.

The provision of personalised hanger equipment that includes a driveline rack shaft will be also available. The 11 shafts will be supplied in accessible mounts and a cowling rack would securely store all the panels of the aircraft.

Furthermore, an adjustable fuel tank lift will be delivered that will not hinder movement for any maintenance procedure.

In December last year, Boeing was awarded a contract extension for the production and supply of CH-47F Chinook support by the Australian Army.