Fort McCoy News July 25, 2014

Safety council holds summer meeting

STORY & PHOTO BY GENEVE N. MANKEL
Public Affairs Staff

The Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory/Community Health Promotion Council convened in early July for its summer session.

Topics included seasonal hazards, safety campaigns, safety training opportunities, Safety Day information and more.

Photo for safety article
Randy Eddy, Installation Safety Office safety manager, presents information to
members of the Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory
Council/Community Health Promotion Council July 8 in building 905.

Randy Eddy, Installation Safety Office (ISO) manager, said the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center has summer safety campaign articles, videos and posters available on its website at https://safety.army.mil.

Campaign topics include heat-injury prevention, private motor vehicles, sports and recreation and vacation safety.

The U.S. Army Reserve Command's "Bring it Home" campaign also is underway. Eddy said the campaign focuses on encouraging personnel to take the professional skills and discipline they have while on duty home with them.

Accidents can happen away from the workplace, Eddy said. This year, 21 Reserve Soldiers died while off duty. For more information on the campaign or to receive materials, contact the ISO at 608-388-3403.

Eddy highlighted the risks of using lawn mowers incorrectly. Earlier this year, a commercial lawn mower was involved in a fatal rollover accident at an Army installation, he said.

Fort McCoy is not immune to rollover accidents, either. Last year, a gator rollover and tractor rollover were recorded, Eddy said.
"Make sure the equipment you're using is designed to be on the space you're using it on," Eddy said. "And always follow the manufacturer's guidelines."

Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott reminded the council that mowing accidents also can happen at home, and precautions should be taken.

Eddy said an IMCOM employee was injured recently from an electrical "arc flash." Information about arc flash and other electrical hazards can be found on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration website at www.osha.gov. Information specific to Fort McCoy electrical safety procedures is available in the Fort McCoy Safety Memorandum. Copies of the memorandum are available at the ISO SharePoint site or by calling the ISO.

The next Supervisor Orientation training session is Oct. 8, Eddy said. The course is required for all garrison supervisors. Supervisors from tenant organizations also may attend. For more information or to register, call the ISO.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course (BRC) and Experienced Rider Course (ERC) are being offered free of charge to service members, said Tim Cumberworth, ISO safety specialist.

Two-day BRC training sessions will be held Aug. 13-14 and 27-28, Sept. 10-11 and 24-25. ERC training sessions will be held Aug. 15 and Sept. 12 and 26.

Registration can be done through the Installation Management Command Registration System at https://apps.imcom.army.mil/AIRS/default.aspx. For more information about the courses or motorcycle safety, contact Cumberworth at 608-388-7712.

Eddy said Fort McCoy's Annual Safety Day is set for Sept. 24. This year's event will include seven new booths and displays from installation and off-post organizations, as well as an ammunition amnesty event. Stay tuned to The Real McCoy for more information about the event.

During the roundtable discussion, the following topics were addressed:
• The Challenge Academy has begun a new class; motorists should drive slowly while in the 600-block area of the installation. Any unaccompanied Challenge Academy youth should be reported to the academy at 608-269-9000.
• Construction of the Noncommissioned Officer Academy dining facility is underway. Expect a lot of construction vehicles in the 1300-block area.
• The School Age/Youth Center's Summer Camp is in session resulting in an increase of youth in the area.
• The Fort McCoy Police Department reminds that vehicle accidents must be reported to the police desk at 608-388-2000. If it's an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Nott closed the meeting by reminding everyone about the increase in foot and vehicle traffic at the installation. He said to be especially aware of heavy military vehicles because they have a lot of blind spots and cannot always see the vehicles around them.

The next safety council meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 14.

For more information about Fort McCoy safety, contact the ISO at 608-388-3403 or your organization's collateral/additional-duty safety officer.