By Installation Safety Management Office staff
Special contribution to The Standard
The Installation Safety Management Office is on a quest to catch and recognize those personnel they spot working safely. Too often the only times employees are addressed in regards to safety on the job is when they are not following safety rules or working in an unsafe manner.
The US Army Garrison workforce was instrumental in the US Army Garrison being recognized as a Voluntary Protection Program Star Site. We believe Fort Detrick has a workforce that continually strives to make this installation a safe place to live and work and beginning now will bring attention to those personnel as we catch them working safely.
Personnel Caught Working Safely:
- Mr. Leonard Collins, a new DIS Supply employee: Mr. Collins recommended a corrective action for an observed hazard in his work area at the monthly DIS safety meeting. Asphalt ramps located near various doorways are difficult to see by vehicle drivers and pedestrians traversing between buildings 119 and 121. Mr. Collins recommended marking ramp areas with fluorescent paint to enhance the visibility of the sloped terrain.
- Mr. Donnie Lease, DPW Land Management: Mr. Lease was observed putting on his gloves in order to remove and replace a bucket and pin from the back-hoe. Mr. Lease specifically put his personal protective equipment on during this task and also asked bystanders to move away from the equipment that he was working on.
- Mr. Jerry Johnson, DPW Land Management: Mr. Johnson was observed safely operating a dump truck at the water main break on North Market Street. Mr. Johnson was required to move the vehicle into traffic and periodically adjust it in order for it to be loaded. Not only was he wearing his reflective personal protective equipment but he also inspected his vehicle and covered his load numerous times during the task.
- Mr. Stanley Clabaugh, DPW Land Management: During the water main break, Mr. Clabaugh was the equipment operator and therefore was required to scoop asphalt, dirt, and rocks out of an excavation hole in order to repair the broken main. He was conscientious of his surroundings as he was operating the equipment in a regular traffic lane, and was able to complete the excavation with no damage to other wires and pipe surrounding the broken pipe. On numerous other occasions, Mr. Clabaugh has been observed continually looking over his shoulder and always aware of his surrounding to include co workers while working.
- Mr. Dave Conner, DPW Pipe Shop: Mr. Conner was observed wearing hearing protection and reflective clothing while he was on the excavation site. Not only did Mr. Conner wear his personal protective equipment, but he also gathered hearing protection, reflective clothing, and hard hats for other workers on the job. Once he provided the hearing protection he was observed reminding his co-workers to put it on.
- Mr. Jeremy Andrews, DPW Land Management: Mr. Andrews was observed safely operating a skid loader to break up asphalt. Not only did Mr. Andrews have to observe co-workers who were giving directions, and equipment but also traffic in the other lane of the road. Periodically, Mr. Andrews took rest breaks but always remembered to put his personal protective equipment back on prior to restarting his equipment.
- Mrs. Lisa Routzahn, Resource Management: Ms. Routzahn was observed tying up wires that were hanging underneath her desk to avoid tripping hazards. Ms. Routzahn strives to keep her office and general work area free of hazards to herself as well as co-workers.
- Mr. Clayton Williams, DPW, Pest Control: On several occasions, Mr. Williams has been observed safely operating the pesticide chemical tractor and sprayer. He ensures that his equipment is in safe working order by doing daily inspections. He's also knowledgeable and informative about the chemicals that he uses and their affects on soldiers or civilians whom use the areas that he sprays.
- Mr. Rick Simons, DPW: Mr. Simons took time out of his day to instruct members of the Safety Office on how the Lockout/Tag-out program was operating at Fort Detrick and ways he felt the program could be improved. His suggestions were much appreciated and will be used to improve the way the lockout/tag-out program functions at Fort Detrick.
- Mr. Terry Renner, MWR: Mr. Renner was observed putting materials that were being stored on upper shelves onto pallets so that they can be lowered with a forklift or other piece of mechanized equipment. This eliminates the need for employees to have to climb up a ladder to lift large boxes which could result in a fall or other ergonomic injury.Watch for upcoming "Caught Working Safely" recognitions.