FOD consists of any foreign object that is in an inappropriate location and, because of its location, causes damage or injury. FOD can be made up of a variety of materials, such as loose hardware, pavement fragments, catering supplies, building materials, rocks, sand, pieces of luggage, and even wildlife, especially insects. By implementing a FOD prevention plan, chances of FOD damage are minimized.
RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH FOD
FOD can and will causes risks if not properly managed. If a FOD prevention plan is not properly implemented the following risks can occur:
The safety of personnel, and anyone else associated with a plane, is threatened when FOD is in the wrong place. Accidents have occurred, some unfortunately including fatalities. To ensure that personnel and other individuals are safe, it is important to enforce a FOD prevention plan.
FOD can severely damage an aircraft. These damages are what threaten personnel safety and led to high error costs.
HIGH ERROR COSTS
Aircraft damage costs include a lot more than just maintenance. Costs included in FOD damage also consist of:
Canceled and delayed flights
Customer refunds and flight credits
Customer costs for hotel rooms and food
Personal liability if injuries occur
Costs to replace FOD damaged airplane
Cost of damage reputation
FOD damage has been estimated to cost the aerospace industry $4 billion a year. By implementing a FOD prevention plan, these costs can be minimized.
By implementing a quality FOD prevention plan, FOD damage and risks can be minimized.
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