By Chris Frazier, U.S. Army Combat
ATLANTA -- The newest tool in the Army's arsenal of
safety products, the Ground Risk Assessment Tool (GRAT), facilitates
the process of identifying accident hazards and controls for a variety
of ground operations and off-duty activities.
Soldiers from the 855th
Quartermaster Company, an Army Reserve unit from South Bend,
Ind., train on backing procedures, including
using ground guides, on the Fort McCoy Precision Driving
Course. The unit conducted Extended Combat Training in June at
Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob
GRAT was designed to aid in mitigating risk by reinforcing the
five-step composite risk management (CRM) process. Brig. Gen. Bill
Forrester, director of Army safety and commanding general of the U.S.
Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center (USACR/SC), said the new tool,
coupled with CRM, is critical to making sound risk decisions at all
levels of leadership.
"Using GRAT in concert with the military decision-making
process will help Army leaders achieve success in their missions and
make safety an integral part of their planning processes,"
GRAT replaces the Army Management Information System -1 or
ASMIS-1 Ground Tool and consists of five parts. GRAT includes
daily accident statistics; accident vignettes; current accident
summaries; resources such as Army regulations, training circulars,
field manuals and other guidance related to the mission or task; and
an automated interactive CRM worksheet that is based on user input and
selection of existing hazards and controls. Its easy-to-use
information allows the user to save, e-mail or print a CRM worksheet
(Department of Army Form 7566).
USACRC Command Sgt. Maj. Tod Glidewell said GRAT is unique
because it will be updated
continuously with current, relevant information from units throughout
"Using this tool allows leaders to save time, learn from
others' mistakes and incorporate risk management throughout the
military decision-making process," Glidewell said.
Glidewell believes GRAT will prove a valuable asset for leaders
"The Army's mission is complex and the current operating
environment challenges Soldiers with unique risks daily,"
Glidewell said. "Empowering Soldiers and leaders to reduce
accidental loss and injury by incorporating CRM into mission planning
through the use of this tool is a practice that can significantly
increase combat power."
For more information about the Ground Risk Assessment Tool
Lt. Col. Randall Eddy, Fort McCoy Installation Safety Officer,
(ISO) said the Web site
includes a tool to assist leaders complete a risk assessment for
planned activities. It also provides current accident statistics and
resources for learning more about CRM.
For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the ISO
at (608) 388-3403.