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Think before you act, best means of mishap prevention

Over the past several months, MacDill AFB has experienced a number mishaps resulting in personnel losing work time. Many of these mishaps could have been prevented by those people taking a moment to think about what they were doing. There is a technical term for this called risk management. Here are a few examples where risk management would have made a huge difference.

One individual was unloading boxes of furniture off a delivery truck. While pulling on one of the cut-out handles on the box, the handle ripped. The individual lost his balance and fell off the bed of the truck. He fell to the street landing on his right side causing fractures to his right elbow and wrist. This mishap could have been prevented if proper material handling equipment was used.

A second mishap involved someone who tried to operate a John Deere Gator from the passenger's side of the vehicle. The individual hit the gas with his left foot and accelerated into a nearby parked vehicle. The individual crushed his leg between the Gator and the parked vehicle. To avoid this situation, all the individual had to do was to get in the driver's seat and properly operate the vehicle.

Finally, most people have been a victim of this one and it too could be avoided with a little risk management. An individual was walking through her house in the middle of the night. She opted not to put any shoes on nor did she feel that any lights were necessary. Well, as Murphy's Law would have it, she managed to kick a door and broke a toe. Just think, one simple flip of a switch could have prevented this mishap.

We have some interesting, yet preventable mishaps here. If everyone would take a moment to think about what they are doing and proceed in the safest means possible, a majority of the mishaps could be prevented. And turn the lights onů (Information provided by 6th AMW Safety)

"Safety must be second nature, a state of mind. All supervisors need to emphasize safety, compliance and their importance to successful mission accomplishment. Bottom line: work smart-work safe," said Lt. Gen. William Welser, 18th Air Force commander




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