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October 28, 2011

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Quarterly council meeting discusses safety topics, trends, opportunities

By Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff

The Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council held its first quarterly meeting of fiscal year (FY) 2012 Oct. 18. Issues including fall/winter safety topics, safety trends and safety training opportunities were discussed.
PHOTO: Bob LoMastro (right), a contractor for the Wisconsin Safety Council, presents a demonstration about the properties of electricity on a job site. Photo by Rob Schuette
Bob LoMastro (right), a contractor for the Wisconsin Safety Council, presents a demonstration about the properties of electricity on a job site. The demonstration was part of the instruction for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration 510 Standards for Construction Class held at Fort McCoy in September. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Deb Heise-Clark, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety specialist, discussed the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center Fall/Winter Safety campaign. Materials including articles, posters and videos are available at the website https://safety.army.mil/. Campaign videos are being aired on Fort McCoy’s TV 6 throughout the fall and winter seasons. Schedules are available on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network.

The ISO will be focusing on reducing the number of slips and falls during the winter season, said Randy Eddy, ISO safety manager. Organizations must ensure walkways to buildings are clear of snow and salt is used when needed. Personnel also should wear slip-resistant footwear.

Heise-Clark briefed Army military accidental fatality statistics for FY 2011. Although there were fewer overall fatal accidents than FY 2010, there was an increase in the Personal Injury, Other category. This category includes fatalities such as pedestrian, drowning and negligent discharge accidents. Privately Owned Vehicle accidents remain the highest source of accidental fatalities Armywide.

At Fort McCoy 255 traffic citations were issued 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, driving with a suspended or revoked license and unsafe backing. “Be very careful when parking, moving or backing in the Exchange/Commissary parking lot,” Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser said. “It is a very high-traffic area.”

Jackson also said there were 41 traffic accidents, five of which involved deer strikes.

“The likelihood of striking a deer or a turkey during this time of year is high; pay attention and watch the sides of the road,” said Chesser.

Another concern raised by Chesser was the gun-deer hunt in November. About 2,200 permits are issued for the season, with the peak hunter population occurring from Nov. 19-20.

“If you have no need to be in a training area during this time don’t be there,” Chesser said.

Hunters also must check the GAME Line daily at 608-388-4263, during the gun-deer season. Changes to hunting areas can occur daily, Chesser said.

Several training opportunities were highlighted. A Workers’ Compensation for Supervisors training, available online at http://media.cpms.osd.mil/icuc/supervisortraining/index.html, covers actions to be taken when an employee is injured, authorizing treatment using a CA-16 form and continuation of pay. The training is required for all new supervisors and greatly recommended for all supervisors. Questions about the training or any workers’ compensation issues can be directed to 608-388-2904.

Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) personnel are available to provide training to installation organizations. The fun, interactive training satisfies the yearly substance-abuse training requirement for civilian personnel, said Scott Zaehler, ASAP program manager. For information or to set up a training session, call 608-388-2441.

The Army requirements for Soldiers who ride motorcycles also will increase, said Eddy.

Military personnel can take the required Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses for free at Fort McCoy.

Completion of the Military Foundation Safety Experienced Rider or Military Sport bike Rider Course, will be mandatory for riders within one year of completing the Basic Rider course and every three years thereafter. Eddy wants riders to be prepared for the upcoming changes. There are no changes to motorcycle rider training requirements for civilians.

Eddy also said a new motorcycle course and classroom is planned for sometime next year. For more information, contact the ISO at 608-388-3403.

For more information about Fort McCoy safety, contact the ISO, or your organization’s Collateral/Additional Duty Safety Officer.

The next Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.

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