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April 13, 2012

Safety

Campaign focuses on outdoor, off-duty safety

As the season turns to spring and summer, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center is stressing outdoor and off-duty safety. The materials contained in the 2012 Army Safe Spring/Summer campaign, which runs from April through September, aim to raise awareness of common seasonal hazards.
IMAGE: Army Safe Spring/Summer campaign poster

“Soldiers will be eager to take advantage of their downtime by heading outdoors. As leaders and safety professionals, it should never be far from your minds that this time of year is historically the most risky for our Soldiers off duty,” said Brig. Gen. William Wolf, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center commanding general, in a recent news release.

Off-duty fatalities during the months between April and September have risen nearly 20 percent during the past three fiscal years, a trend that can’t be curbed without everyone’s help, Wolf said.

The campaign toolkit includes posters, videos, informative articles and a presentation template perfect for weekend or holiday safety briefs. The toolkit is available for download in the Campaigns and Initiatives section of the website https://safety.army.mil/.

Leaders are encouraged to distribute this information and ensure all Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and their Family members are prepared for both the fun and hazards of the spring and summer seasons.

“We ask you to redouble your efforts on POV (privately owned vehicle) and POM (privately owned motorcycle) accident prevention,” Wolf said.

The Army lost 61 Soldiers in accidents on the road last spring and summer, a figure that represents approximately 80 percent of all accidental fatalities occurring between the beginning of April and Labor Day.

“Indiscipline continues to be the predominant factor in vehicle and motorcycle accidents, so please do everything you can to educate your Soldiers on the dangers of speeding, nonuse of seat belts and personal protective equipment, and drinking and driving,” Wolf said.

The same principles hold true for water-related activities, where there is little to no margin for error. “We must all remember that standards apply to Soldiers 24/7, and just a moment’s inattention or an unwise split-second decision can have tragic consequences,” Wolf said.

At Fort McCoy road construction will be ongoing throughout the spring and summer months, said Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office safety manager.

“Drivers should allow more time to reach their destination and be prepared to take alternate routes of travel.”

The number of Soldiers walking along O Street from South 8th Street to South 10th Street also will increase, Eddy said. Soldiers will be attending schools and be housed in building 51 and will eat at the dining facility in building 50.

For more information about safety in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-3403.

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