Let’s be clear: Accidents don’t simply happen- they are caused. However, in the wake of the accident, the actual procedural changes enacted by the FBO are often reactionary and seldom address the root cause. Like aircraft accidents, ground handling accidents tend towards the human element, and begin from a series of seemingly unrelated events. And, with the rare exception willful misconduct, “the employee failed to follow the procedure and the accident occurred” is seldom, if ever, the root cause. Such oversimplified conclusions can demoralize an employee group and in many cases, damage the very safety culture of an FBO, actually setting the stage for the next accident.
The goal of course is to prevent the accident in the first place. And that’s why incorporating a Safety Management System (SMS) is a core tenet of IS-BAH: It creates a path for an FBO to move its hazard identification from one that it reactive to one that is proactive, and ultimately, predictive. The SMS element of IS-BAH gives FBOs the tools to move from simply reacting to accidents, to predicting- and stopping them- before they happen.