Recording information about accidents, incidents or near miss occurences allows the ABF's Operations Team to monitor trends that may be occurring in the ballooning environment. In the interests of preventing future accidents, these trends can provide topics for safety seminars, updates to training materials and safety alerts.
While the ABF is responsible for administering sport or recreational ballooning within Australia, the Operations Team also considers occurrences involving Australian commercial balloon flights and reports of foreign occurrences when assessing trends.
Occurence Reports are submitted to the ABF's Operations Manager and/or Safety Officer who will work with those involved to review the details, assess factors that may have influenced the outcome and determine ways to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence. The details of occurrence reports remain with the Operations Manager & Safety Officer and only summary information is provided to the ABF Committee, such as types of occurrence, frequencies and trends.
In order to learn from occurrences and take steps to prevent them from recurring, it is necessary for those involved to be confident that reporting will not lead to discipline or punitive measures except in cases of reckless non-compliance or deliberate acts. This is referred to as a Just Culture environment, which is maintained by the ABF Operations Team to promote the trust necessary for reporting to occur.
The easiest way to report an occurrence is to call or text the Operations Manager on 0422 914 949. From this initial report, the Operations Manager and Safety Officer will work with the reporter to obtain additional information and commence any necessary tasks to assist the reporter and complete their assessment.