Fall Winter Safety Campaign emphasizes personal responsibility

By Lindsay Marchello, Bayonet & Saber /

FORT BENNING, Ga., (Oct. 12, 2016) — The Fort Benning Fall Winter Safety Campaign aims to inform Soldiers, civilians and family members on safety precautions for fall and winter hazards.

This campaign and pilot program stresses the importance of leaders, directors and supervisors taking direct action to ensure all personnel are trained in accident prevention by utilizing the Risk Management process, which includes inspecting all work areas and creating job safety hazard assessments.

Garvin Purtteman, the Garrison safety manager, explained that the Fall Winter Safety Campaign is a twofold plan.

As part of the Fall Winter Safety Campaign, October is fire safety month. (Photo Credit: Markeith Horace)

As part of the Fall Winter Safety Campaign, October is fire safety month. (Photo Credit: Markeith Horace)

“One, it takes the burden off of the Safety Office, because we have been cut back, to go out and train everyone one-on-one,” Purtteman said. “Two, (it) puts the responsibility (back) on the supervisor and gives them a method to reach out to their Collateral Duty Safety Officer and the Safety Office and ask ‘Am I on track?'”

Purtteman noted that part of the safety campaign includes going through those areas and reporting all hazards. Facility issues are reported to the Department of Public Works through a federal engineer work order request.

Purtteman emphasized that the Fall Winter Safety Campaign is a proactive approach for hazard abatements prior to accident occurrences.

“The biggest part of succeeding is supervision,” Purtteman said.

The Fall Winter Safety Campaign assigns a different hazard for each month. October focuses on fire safety, November is electrical safety, December is cold winter safety and January is slips, trips and falls safety.

“The fire department is also helping us to put together some briefs which will be given internally to each directorate to their employees,” Purtteman said. “At the end of the month they will check the block that says they completed the training internally and then at the end of four months we will have a meeting and find out what the directorates have actually accomplished.”

Additionally there will also be holiday based safety briefs.”Everyone is a safety officer,” Purtteman said.
“Don’t leave the hazard for the next person to correct. Correct the hazards that you can, and report the hazards that you can’t. Safety is everyone’s business.”

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