Stirling at Dusk

Safety - Emergency and Incident Report


Ochils Paragliding Sites

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Before flying ensure that:

   - Your gear is sound
   - You are fit mentally and physically to fly
   - The wind and the weather are within your abilities

If in doubt - repack and WALK home!

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The most dramatic accident while flying is a crash landing of one sort or another.

Should there be a casualty - and more so if severely hurt - time to recue is important.

What to do in case of a major emergency?



unless it is clear that this is NOT the case!


Organise Yourselves:

   - Do not rush all to the injured
   - But divide the tasks between you:
         o Alerting Emergency Services - [see: "Rescue"]
         o Treating the casualty ... - if you are competent and able to do so
         o Inform other pilots to clear the airspace if 'Helivac' initiated [see: "Helivac"]
         o Monitoring of sector / Helicopter arrival
   - Calm the casualty (and calm others/bystanders ...)
   - Isolate the casualty from cold and wind
       (emergency blanket or wing / create wall with harnesses or other bags)



Incident Report

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Please report an incident you have witnessed or been involved in, if it:

   - Involves injury, whether to participants or others
   - Involves damage to property, third party or not
   - May give rise to an insurance or legal claim
   - Involves non-standard equipment or techniques
   - Involves failed or malfunctioned equipment
   - Highlights safety points or was unusual
   - Is something you feel the sport may learn from


Submitting an Incident Report

   - It is a legal requirement and your duty to report air incidents
   - The BHPA Incident Reporting System has now been replaced by
        a pan European system remotely hosted by the European Hang Gliding and Paragliding Union (EHPU)

   - All Incident Reports should be submitted to the BHPA and EHPU within 48 hours
   - Serious incidents should be reported as soon as possible
   - Fatal or potentially fatal incidents must be reported IMMEDIATELY to the BHPA/EHPU
        and to: the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the Police

   - Incident Reporting to BHPA/EHPU
   - Incident Reporting to AAIB
   - Incident Reporting to Police Scotland



Word of Caution!

This applies to all, whatever: victim, originator, witness or bystander.

"If you're being invited to make a statement by the Police, contact the BHPA for Legal Advice first - don't dig yourself a hole by signing anything in an attempt to be helpful"
- Martin Heywood (solicitor) - BHPA Executive Council

This advice is issued after the Police, had they been successful, might have unjustifiably prosecuted a Club CFI and other club members.

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