During the calendar year
2013, the Fort Riley Department of the Army civilian work force reported 64
recordable work-related accidents or occupational illnesses.
The breakdown of these accidents
is as follows: 24 cases with 108 days away from work, 19 cases with 176 days of
job restriction or transfer, and 21 cases where employees were injured, treated
by medical staff and returned to work.
DA civilians are essential to
the Army’s ability to accomplish the mission in the continental U.S. and
overseas. On-the-job civilian injury results in lost workdays significantly affect
The Garrison Safety Office has
conducted a review of the installation’s civilian accident history for fiscal
year 2013 and established a reduction target that addresses the most pressing hazards.
The Garrison Safety Office identified
and selected the three common hazards that actually led to lost-time accidents
and established a lost-time reduction target for these types of accidents. The
three areas of emphasis according to all accidents reported in 2013 were:
Strains and sprains; struck by or with; and slips, trips and falls.
In order to provide
employees a safe and healthful workplace free of known hazards, employers must
implement and enforce the Safety Management System:
• Management leadership and
• Work site analysis
• Safety and health training
• Hazard prevention, control Some
tips in establishing the Safety Management System for a safer workplace: (This list
is not inclusive of all sub-elements of the safety management system).
• Post the senior commander’s
and garrison commander’s safety policy letters on bulletin boards.
• Supervisors conduct a daily
walk through of the work site for the purpose of showing employees leadership
is concerned about their working conditions and make on-the-spot corrections
when hazards are identified.
• Supervisors conduct documented
monthly work site inspections. This should help supervisors meet the accident prevention
requirement, a rated portion of the performance evaluation and to promote workplace
• Conduct a work site hazard
assessment to identify sources of hazards employees are exposed to; establish a
mitigation system to lessen the severity of exposure; identify personal
protective equipment, or PPE, where engineering or administrative controls are not
able to mitigate/control hazards. Train employees how to wear, maintain and
discuss limitations of PPE, turn-in and replacement procedures. Finally,
prepare a documented certification signed by the supervisor reflecting the
assessment was completed for a specific work site.
• Supervisors conduct
accident investigations to identify the root cause, implement controls that
will prevent recurrence, review and update the job hazard analysis for the
• Supervisors provide employees
with standard operating procedures, so when followed, it will allow them to
safely perform their jobs. Have employees acknowledge in writing they have read
and understand the work site SOP. Have a realistic disciplinary and retraining
program in place to deal with employees who violate workplace safety policies. SOPs
are reviewed and updated at least annually.
• Everyone attends safety training
to meet the level of your safety responsibilities as required in IAW DA PAM 385-10,
Appendix C and Tables C-1 to C-5.
• Establish a hazard-reporting
system, so employees can report unsafe conditions with the expectation they
will be investigated and corrected in a timely manner.
• Health surveys for work sites
where industrial processes take place. Industrial Hygiene Branch, Preventive Medicine,
Irwin Army Community Hospital will evaluate, identify and provide supervisors
with information related to noise, air quality, lighting, ergonomics, process
safety and rule out any employee exposure to occupational hazards.
• Practice your emergency plans
at least annually, making adjustments as required. Maintain a record of the
drills conducted, results and any corrective actions taken.
• Never store heavy objects out
of sight in overhead locations. Stack items using the tier method to prevent them
from leaning and falling over.
• Conduct toolbox and
tailgate safety sessions and conduct composite risk management to identify and
mitigate hazards prior to starting tasks.
• Provide and enforce the use
of guards on machinery so blades, and nip-and-pinch points of operation are
protected from employee exposure.
• Make sure entry ways, floors
and sidewalks are cleared of water and ice, respectively, and place warning devices
to warn personnel of slippery floors.
• Provide dollies, carts and
other mechanical means for employees to move heavy items. This includes
training on proper lifting techniques.
• Do not allow cords, cables and
hoses to cross doorways or other foot-traffic areas.
• Inspect all emergency equipment
monthly and replace all defective items.
• Do not block access to
emergency use items, like exits, extinguishers, fire sprinklers, electrical
panels, eyewashes, deluge showers or first aid equipment.
• Install permanent wiring, instead
of using extension cords.
• Clean up spills immediately.
Know what to do in case of a chemical spill.
• Keep chemicals in properly labeled
containers and keep them closed when not in use.
• Know where the safety data
sheet is located for any chemical you use.
• Oily rags must be removed
from the workplace daily and disposed of in metal containers designed for that
• Eating and drinking takes place
in areas free of hazardous materials. Smoke only in designated areas.
• Keep emergency numbers posted
at each telephone, with street address and telephone number of your work
location to assist anyone calling for emergency help.
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