Maintenance resource management

Maintenance Resource Management By Stephen P. Prentice March 1998 Stephen P. Prentice is an attorney whose practice involves FAA-NTSB issues. He has an Airframe and Powerplant license and is an ATP rated pilot. He worked with Western...

This is called subrogation. The insurance people step into the injured parties' shoes and retain all rights to recover their money. If they fail to find somebody to recover from, you can count on your company's insurance premiums rising accordingly. They may rise anyway simply because of an accident history and the increased threat. Insurance companies don't give their money away without some effort to recover. Your company will pay for accidents one way or the other.

The safety function can help to reduce the threat of loss due to legal proceedings whether from the FAA or civil court proceedings. In all safety-related matters the bottom line remains to reduce and eliminate, if possible, the threat of pain, suffering, and death. In addition, potential legal threats and failures can and will expose your company to economic damages. Survival of your company could be at risk. There are sufficient examples in the news media in recent years to bring this point home.

Any safety office should consider a maintenance resource program. MRM should be an integral part of any safety and accident prevention program. The safety person in the air carrier setting or the chief inspector in the repair station should be the managers of a continuing MRM program and of course should be trained in the discipline. Once trained, these people can form the core of a continuing safety audit and compliance program. Your company's very existence could depend on it!

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