Main Starting Air Reservoir Safety Valve

Report Text:

During a routine inspection of the engine room compartment, it was noticed that the main starting air reservoir safety valves lifting levers were hardly painted and also not operational by hand in case of an emergency.

Causal factors: Lack of knowledge, inadequate work standards and guidelines.

Corrective and Preventative action: This is a common problem. Avoid blindly painting the fulcrum of levers and handles that are supposed to be lubricated and avoid getting paint into the sliding/rolling surfaces that ensure free operation.

CHIRP Comment

Care must be taken when painting such items and ensure that after completion the levers are checked for smooth operation.