Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
winter in full force in Wisconsin, members of the Fort McCoy work
force are encouraged to take steps to ensure their safety, said
installation safety representatives attending the quarterly Safety and
Occupational Health Advisory Council meeting Jan. 13.
Soldiers from Headquarters and
Headquarters Company conduct flexibility exercises during a
physical fitness training session at Rumpel Fitness Center. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Heise-Clark, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety specialist, said
the ISO offers and is developing a number of safety training
opportunities. These will include information about general safety,
supervisory safety responsibilities, workersí compensation programs,
forklift operations, and Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses. She
also noted that the Army Accident Avoidance Course can be accessed
through a new Web site at https://www.lms.army.mil.
personnel should use common sense and available knowledge to help plan
countermeasures ahead of time to combat cold, snowy and icy weather,
example provided was an installation supervisor sent written
communication before the current cold spell to her employees, which
advised them to think about winter safety, including wearing
appropriate clothing, Heise-Clark said. "Timely reminders often
get employees thinking about the hazards and plans to prevent
injuries," Heise-Clark said. "Wearing clothing in layers is
good. Jeans may be a better choice of clothing in cold weather, than
thinner fabric pants."
if personnel are working outside only briefly, they may experience
frostbite or frostbite symptoms if theyíre not wearing proper
clothing, such as gloves, because of the cold and wind chill.
Personnel at Fort McCoy can check the temperature and wind chill
readings by calling (608) 388-2468 (2-2HOT).
should be removed thoroughly from vehicles before driving. Otherwise,
snow can blow from rooftops onto vehicle windows and reduce
snow also may blow onto other vehicles, reducing visibility for other
drivers as well, Heise-Clark said.
"Timely reminders often get employees thinking about the
hazards and plans to prevent injuries."
ISO Safety Specialist
personnel should allow extra time for travel to and from work or to
road conditions are available by calling a new Road Conditions number
at 511 or by checking the Web site http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/road/winter-roads.htm.
new Road Conditions number can be called from a cell phone (all cell
phone charges apply) or from a home phone. Those that cannot dial 511
from their phone can dial the toll-free number (866) 511-9472 (WISC).
safety representatives said it was better to drive a safe speed and
arrive safely at a final destination, rather than trying to drive
faster to make up lost time and putting yourself and other motorists
Sgt. Tom Aiello of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S.
Army Garrison Fort McCoy, said he changed the time of his unitís
physical fitness training (PT) from morning to afternoon because of
the winter weather.
didnít want personnel rushing to make it to PT on time early in the
morning when conditions may not be the best," Aiello said.
"Making it in the afternoon helps ensure everyone will get there
on time. When the weather gets better, we will change the time back to
Eddy, ISO Safety manager, said garrison organizations also are working
diligently to reduce the number of workers compensation
incidents/claims and lost work time.
Personnel from Headquarters and
Headquarters Company conduct push-ups during Army physical
fitness training at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
definitely heading in the right direction and making progress,"
is encouraged to report all injuries incurred on-the-job, during
training, etc., Heise-Clark added.
you donít report them, we canít take or develop control measures
to prevent them," she said.
McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser told safety
representatives that he was very impressed with the safety operations
environment at Fort McCoy.
all the training and work accomplished by installation work force
employees, Fort McCoy has had very few major accidents or injuries
reported, he said. During an Army Readiness Assessment Program survey,
a large percentage of personnel in the Fort McCoy garrison said they
didnít know who their safety representative was.
said each garrison directorate/organization must appoint a safety
representative and have that person responsible for safety
information, including from the Safety Council meetings. The next
meetings are scheduled for April 14 and July 14.
can talk about safety measures here," Chesser said. "Your
responsibility is to take what was talked about here back to your
employees and tell them what happened."
information about safety in the Fort McCoy work force is available by
visiting the Extranet Safety Section, which is accessible through the
Fort McCoy Public Web site at http://www.mccoy.army.mil
or by calling the ISO at (608) 388-3403.