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Hydro employees get a lesson in safety

May 5, 2011  By Frank Gale The Westen Star

May 5, 2011, Stephenville, N.L. - About the worst thing a person could do when exiting a helicopter is make their way towards the back.

That’s what Scotty Aldie, a pilot with Canadian Helicopters with more than 30 years flying experience told employees of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, in Stephenville on Wednesday.

The helicopter safety information session is part of the company’s Safety Week activities taking place May 2-6, which has a theme of “What’s Your Plan?”

The reason for not going to the rear of a helicopter is because that’s where the rotor is located and could easily injure or kill a person if he or she were struck.

“I better not catch you going to the rear of my helicopter because if the rotor don’t get you, I will,” he joked, while instilling the importance of his message.


The employees watched a video on the safety features of the helicopter as often times they are required to fly on them to remote sites where the company has towers that have to be serviced.

Following the video presentation they were taken outside where Aldie took them step-by-step through the features of the particular helicopter he pilots, including everything from how the seatbelts clasp to activating the emergency locator.

Other activities for the employees during the week include: a challenge for safety, fire extinguisher training, fall protection awareness, a transformer rescue, a ladder rescue, pole top rescue and a bucket truck rescue.


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