Fort McCoy News January 24, 2014

Council discusses safety issues affecting Fort McCoy

STORY & PHOTO BY GENEVE N. MANKEL
Public Affairs Staff

Safety representatives from Fort McCoy garrison and tenant organizations convened earlier this month to discuss safety-related topics affecting the installation.

The Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council discussed winter hazards, the installation Amnesty Program, and safety statistics, and held a round-table discussion.

Photo for safety meeting article
Deb Heise-Clark, Installation Safety Office safety specialist, presents winter safety information to members of the Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council. The council meets quarterly to discuss safety-related topics affecting the installation community.

Deb Heise-Clark, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety specialist, said people should choose "function over fashion" during the winter months to avoid slips, trips and falls, which are big safety-hazards during the winter season.

She said even during cold-weather months, it is important to stay hydrated, apply sunblock and wear sunglasses when participating in outdoor activities.

Winter hazards also can cause transportation challenges, Heise-Clark said. "Make sure vehicles are in proper driving condition before heading out and anticipate road and weather hazards."

Tuning in to radio and television stations to stay on top of weather and road conditions is important, she said. Smartphone apps also are available to keep people up-to-date on hazardous conditions.

Becoming familiar with and monitoring the 511 website (www.511wi.gov) before traveling is also a good idea, she said.
More information on winter safety is available at the Winter Safety Campaign section of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website at https://safety.army.mil/.

Randy Eddy, ISO safety manager, presented garrison statistics for calendar year 2013.

From 2012 to 2013 the number of recordable accidents reduced by 37.5 percent, he said. The Garrison also concentrated on reducing the number of days away from work due to accidents through accommodations and return to work program initiatives.

The types of accidents occurring were reported as 40 percent being in the overexertion category, such as repetitive motion and lifting. Slips, trips and falls accounted for 26 percent of accidents, and 36 percent were in the "other" category — tick bites, bee stings, poisonous plant exposure, bumps, bruises and cuts, etc.

Don Vender, ISO safety specialist, presented information about the Fort McCoy Ammunition Amnesty Program.

"The program's mission is to maximize the recovery of military ammunition without Soldiers fearing repercussion from commands," he said.

Small-arms ammunition up to and including .50 caliber is accepted at the Ammunition Supply Point, building 9036, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Vender said, items larger than .50 caliber should be recognized, retreated from and reported. If the ordnance is found in the cantonment area, call the Directorate of Emergency Services at 608-388-2000. If found in the field, call Range Operations at 608-388-4848.

Vendor emphasized the amnesty program is not to be used in lieu of normal ammunition turn-in procedures.
Round-table topics included:

• Fire Department: Additional heating sources, such as space heaters must have a 36-inch clearance all around. Ensure smoke detectors are operational. Keep dryer vents clean and clear to avoid fire hazards.

• Commissary: To keep floors drier and safer, patrons are asked to stomp off shoes on metal grates before entering the store. Complimentary hand sanitizer is available in the store to help reduce the spread of germs.

• Wisconsin State Patrol Academy: If drivers skid or spin off the road in icy conditions, they should remain in their vehicles with their seatbelts fastened until help arrives or until they can safely continue driving.

• Directorate of Public Works: Organizations that have snow-plowing concerns or issues can contact the Help Line at 608-388-4357.

• Challenge Academy: Classes are in session; if personnel see unaccompanied Challenge Academy youth, call the academy at 608-269-9000.

The ISO will offer supervisor orientation training April 16. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration construction course will be held in March. Interested personnel can call the ISO for more information at 608-388-3403.

The next Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council meeting is Tuesday, April 8.

For more information about Fort McCoy safety, contact the ISO or your organization's collateral/additional-duty safety officer.