On-post accidents lower in FY13
Installation Safety Office officials see this number as a great achievement, especially when considering the Department of the Army goal called for a 10 percent reduction.
“We actually achieved a 40 percent [reduction], which far exceeded the DA goal,” said Michael Johnson, Installation Safety Office director. “This is really good news here.”
The fiscal year ended well not only at Fort Campbell, but also Army-wide. Recently released data from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center revealed FY13 as the Army’s safest year to date.
In terms of the Fort Campbell civilian workforce, most accidents and injuries can be attributed to overexertion, (ie. back sprains, shoulder strains). Along these lines, the Installation Safety Office tailors “trend training” around the most common accidents. For example, officials may give classes at different locations across post about how to lift properly.
“The thing about it is, do things the right way,” said Mark Blankenship, Installation Safety Office deputy director. “Don’t take the shortcuts. If it takes two people to lift something, get somebody to help you. If you’re supposed to do something a certain way, make sure you do it that way. Because that’s the way it’s designed so you don’t get hurt.”