Quarterly meeting focuses on seat
belts, motorcycle gear, seasonal safety
|The Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory
Council/Community Health Promotion Council met April 10 to discuss
spring safety topics.
Deb Heise-Clark, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety specialist,
said the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center Spring/Summer Safety
campaign is available online at
https://safety.army.mil/. Campaign materials including articles,
posters and videos are available.
Key areas within the campaign Fort McCoy personnel should focus on are
seat-belt wear, and motorcycle, water and home safety, Heise-Clark said.
Seat belts are required for drivers and all passengers in vehicles at
Fort McCoy according to Fort McCoy regulation 190-5. Heise-Clark said
that personnel must wear seat belts both on and off post to set a good
example for Family members, in addition to preventing fatalities.
Seat-belt usage also is a primary-enforcement law in Wisconsin and
Currently for fiscal year 2012, the Army has had 48 fatalities involving
privately owned vehicles, 18 of which were motorcycle deaths,
Like seat-belt wear, motorcycle helmet wear on Fort McCoy is mandated by
regulation in addition to impact goggles or face shields, full-fingered
gloves, long-legged pants, long-sleeved shirts, leather boots or shoes,
a brightly colored upper outer garment during the day and a reflective
upper outer garment during the night. Military uniforms do not meet this
Lt. Col. Rob Humphrey Fort McCoy garrison deputy commander, said
although Wisconsin law does not require wearing motorcycle helmets,
Soldiers are required to wear helmets at all times, even when riding off
of the installation.
Military personnel needing to complete Motorcycle Safety Foundation
training can sign up for a free class by visiting the Ride Safe, LLC
website at www.ridesafewi.com.
Through the website military personnel can access AIRS (Army IMCOM
Registration System) and register for a course.
There were 23 water-related fatalities in Wisconsin in 2011, Heise-Clark
said. A presentation with information about water safety, including
boating safety and proper wear of life jackets, can be found in the
safety section of the Fort McCoy Extranet at
https://extranet.mccoy.army.mil/AKO/safety/ (common access card
The presentation can be accessed by clicking “seasonal” in the Campaigns
& Initiatives section.
A spring clean-up presentation also can be found in the seasonal
section. The presentation promotes outdoor home safety concerns such as
mowing, personal protective equipment, poisons and wildlife.
Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy ISO safety manager, said personnel at the
installation should be aware of an increase in population in June.
Traffic congestion, especially around the Commissary, Exchange facility
and McCoy’s, should be expected. Road construction also may contribute
to congested traffic areas, he said.
With the loss of the post shuttle bus, pedestrian traffic also is
expected to increase, said Humphrey.
Pedestrians also must be aware that headphones are not authorized.
“Wear of headphones outside of the fitness center or half-mile track is
unauthorized,” Humphrey said.
Capt. Rick Jackson of the Fort McCoy Police Department said there were
121 traffic offenses last quarter at the installation. Speeding
accounted for 55 of the offenses. Fifteen traffic accidents occurred,
with the majority being caused by vehicles backing up.
Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette
said personnel must be vigilant about building security. Although
building security isn’t a direct safety issue, police officers are taken
away from law-enforcement duties to respond to unsecured buildings.
“Take a proactive approach to safety, know the standards and enforce the
standards,” Bissonette said.
The next Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community
Health Promotion Council meeting will be Tuesday, July 10 in building
50, conference room A.