|Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs
The Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community
Health Promotion Council held its quarterly meeting Feb. 2 to discuss
safety-related topics affecting the Fort McCoy community.
Although Fort McCoy has experienced a mild winter, personnel still
should be aware of winter hazards for walking and driving.
Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy,
Installation Safety Office safety manager, welcomes the Safety
and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health
Promotion Council members to the Feb. 2 meeting. Council members
from garrison and tenant activities at Fort McCoy meet quarterly
to discuss safety topics affecting the installation.
Deb Heise-Clark, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety
specialist, said slips and falls most likely occur in parking lots,
and on steps/stairs and sidewalks. Personnel should be extra
cautious when walking in these areas.
Heise-Clark also advised personnel who will be traveling to first
visit the website www.511wi.gov to check Wisconsin winter road
conditions for major highways and interstates in Wisconsin. The
website can also be used to determine the conditions of roads
surrounding the major roads. “If an interstate is showing slippery
stretches (on the website), there’s a good chance the roads around
that area will be as slippery as well,” she said.
The ISO has obtained several ergonomic chair samples from General
Services Administration vendors, Heise-Clark said. Installation
employees can “test drive” the chairs at the ISO facility prior to
purchasing a new chair.
For more information about ergonomic furniture, or to sample the
ergonomic chairs at the ISO, contact Heise-Clark at 608-388-3403.
Upcoming safety-related courses include the Motorcycle Safety
Foundation (MSF) courses.
Heise-Clark said registration for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation
(MSF) Basic RiderCourse, which begins in April, is available online
at the website
www.ridesafewi.com. (Phone registration will be available Feb.
15). The courses are free to active, Guard and Reserve
Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. William T.
Bissonette said the MSF will provide custom-scheduled courses to
military units that have a number of Soldiers who can attend at one
training for supervisors offered Feb. 14
Supervisor Orientation Training for
Safety/Occupational Health and Worker’s Compensation will be
held Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The Installation
Safety Office and Civilian Personnel Advisory Center are
providing the training.
The training is a onetime requirement for all garrison
supervisors of federal appropriated fund employees as mandated
in Fort McCoy Safety Policy P-9 in Fort McCoy Regulation 385-10.
The course focuses on the
supervisor’s role in the Safety Program and provides information
on how to create a positive safety culture within their
Instruction also will cover
the Federal Employees Compensation Act that supervisors need to
be aware of to process claims appropriately. Other government
supervisors at the installation also are welcome to attend the
To enroll, contact Deb Heise-Clark at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-388-6450.
“If you call them they will work with your unit to schedule a
course,” Bissonette said. The minimum number of Soldiers necessary
is six and the maximum is 12, Heise-Clark said.
Contact Tim Cumberworth from the ISO at 608- 388-7712 for more
At Fort McCoy 196 traffic citations were issued in the first quarter
of fiscal year (FY) 2012, down from 255 in the last quarter of FY
2011, according to Capt. Rick Jackson of the Fort McCoy Police
Department. Offenses included speeding, failure to stop at stop
signs, operating while intoxicated and open intoxicants. “Twelve
traffic accidents resulting in property damage also occurred on the
installation,” Jackson said.
Several Fort McCoy employees were recognized at the meeting for
their contributions in making safety improvements in their
respective facilities. Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E.
Chesser presented certificates of appreciation to Chelsey Smith,
Child, Youth and School Services facility director, and John Kumpf,
Training Support Center training aide support supervisor. Staff Sgt.
Christopher Mason, Regional Training Center (RTC)-Central safety
officer was not in attendance but also was recognized.
Randy Eddy, ISO safety manager said Smith’s contributions led to
purchasing of safe and functional chairs for the daycare staff, and
the installation of concrete sidewalks/pathways for easier
maneuverability of wheeled apparatus and outside drinking fountains
for the youth at the Child Development Center.
Kumpf helped with relocating the customer service area and
installing a guardrail around the administrative area at the TSC
warehouse to mitigate risks around the forklift maneuver area. A
dock extension also was added to the warehouse.
Mason’s contributions led to installing additional sidewalks
throughout RTC-Central’s building areas.
Chesser concluded the meeting by commending Fort McCoy for not
having a Class A or B (major fatality, injury or property damage)
accident since June 2006.
“Almost half a million servicemembers have trained at Fort McCoy in
my four years here,” he said, “It’s a remarkable track record.”
For more information about Fort McCoy safety, contact the ISO at
608-388-3403, or your organization’s Collateral/Additional Duty
The next Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community
Health Promotion Council meeting iwill be Tuesday, April 10 in
building 50, conference room A.