will support the 2010 Armywide objective to reduce off-duty accidents
while pursuing its 2010 objectives to be proactive about providing
information and support to help keep the installation work force and
Soldiers training at the installation safe, said Randy Eddy,
Installation Safety Manager.
the Installation Safety Office (ISO) will help reduce the risk of
off-duty accidents by taking advantage of opportunities to reach
Soldiers and members of the civilian work force through
installation-sponsored events, training initiatives and commander’s
calls, Eddy said.
Students maneuver their
motorcycles during a Basic Motorcycle Riders Course held at Fort
McCoy last May. The course is one of a number of safety
initiatives offered at Fort McCoy.
endorsement of the garrison commander in this process is critical,” Eddy
said. “In his memorandum supporting the program, he said, ‘These
objectives provide the groundwork for achieving continued success in
reducing accidental fatalities and provides your organization with the
guidance to develop and grow your safety culture.’”
the small garrison population, the ISO will sponsor themed safety days
in conjunction with several installation events to provide safety
information to the Fort McCoy community, he said.
days for the Wellness Fair and Armed Forces Day, which are held in May,
will have a summer safety theme. Eddy said the events will serve as a
lead-in to the Army’s 101 Days of Summer campaign, which runs from
Memorial Day through Labor Day.
for Fire Prevention Week, which will be held in October, will highlight
fall safety information, he said.
for the Thanksgiving meal, which will be held in November, will
highlight holiday and winter-related safety concerns.
other major ISO initiatives to ensure safety throughout Fort McCoy
include quarterly safety council meetings, Army traffic safety training,
supervisory safety training, and an emphasis on accident reporting and
investigating at the unit and organization levels.
quarterly safety council meeting is a good forum for garrison and tenant
representatives to attend and to address safety issues at Fort McCoy,”
he said. “The garrison commander and the Command Group attend the
meetings and provide their input and guidance.”
representatives can share information about improvements that have
increased safety, and if other organizations are having the same safety
issues they can see how other people have dealt with it,” he said. “The
safety representatives can take back and share the information from the
meeting with their units and organizations.”
important topic discussed at the safety council meetings is accidents
reported within the recent quarter and any trends depicted. Eddy said
leaders and supervisors of military and civilian organizations are
required to report and investigate all accidents in accordance with Army
and Department of Defense regulations and guidelines.
process provides accident data, which helps the ISO determine causes of
accidents and helps ISO staff members recommend and implement corrective
actions to prevent future accidents, he said.
members partner and coordinate supervisory safety training with the
Occupational Health Clinic, the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center and
the Fire Department. The supervisors are trained to conduct periodic,
value-added safety training for employees.
Installation Management Command funds the Army Traffic Safety Training
Program; which includes motorcycle safety courses and Intermediate
Drivers Training and Local Hazards.
Military and civilian personnel are
encouraged to find out more information or schedule attendance in these
courses or training, as desired, by visiting the Web site
or by calling 715-299-7728. Spring and summer schedules for 2010 will
be posted in March.
high-risk activities, such as drinking and driving or driving while
fatigued also improves safety, he said. If people do go out drinking,
they are encouraged to have or to use a designated driver.
Eddy said people, especially Soldiers,
also can help ensure their vehicle trips are safer by visiting the Army
Combat Readiness/Safety Training Center Web site at
and using the Training Risk Planning System to help plan their vehicle
the Fort McCoy community who observes or witnesses what they believe are
unsafe activities is encouraged to report the activities to ISO, which
if the actions happen within a person’s organization, people should
first bring the event/situation to the attention of their supervisors so
it can be corrected in-house, if possible. ISO staff members also can
assist units, organizations or individuals in finding appropriate safety
training or information, Eddy said.
information, call the ISO at 608-388-3403.