Health & Safety

February 8, 2013

Two-wheelers not always visible on road

Tags:
Senior Airman SANDRA WELCH
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Pg-6-MC-PPE-tool
Luke Air Force Base has more than 420 motorcycle riders. As a rider on Luke, it is required to complete a basic rider’s course. It is also mandatory to wear personal protective gear. It never hurts to be too safe especially with the number of deaths and injuries from motorcycle accidents.

In 2012, Luke had 12 accidents occur involving base Airmen, one resulting in a fatality, according to Staff Sgt. Timothy Noel, 56th Fighter Wing Safety ground safety technician.

There are three main issues that contribute to vehicle mishaps and all are preventable, he said.

“We hear quite often from people driving cars and involved in motorcycle mishaps that they didn’t see the motorcycle or motorcyclist at all, making visibility the key,” Noel said.

By way of their design vehicles have more to protect occupants than motorcyclists do. The only protection motorcyclists have for protection is the gear they wear, making personal protective equipment the key factor.

“Riders are like the modern day cowboy; they love to show their individuality,” Noel said. “There are many styles of gear out there but riders need to wear gear that is outlined in our instructions and that give proper protection. PPE can be the deciding factor in the severity of the injuries.”
PPE is designed to help protect you especially at high speeds, Noel said.

“Speeding is the prime cause of vehicle mishaps, especially motorcycles,” he said. “The riders are not protected by restraints or a metal frame like in a car. The rider becomes an extension of that motorcycle.”

The lack of protection while riding a motorcycle makes going to courses and keeping up with training that much more important, leading to the final point to motorcycle safety.

“Constant training to keep your skills up to date and to handle a variety of situations that may occur on the road is crucial,” Noel said. “Although you can’t prepare for everything, training will tremendously increase your chances of survival.”

All of these things are what motorcycle riders need to keep in mind when on the road for any reason.

“Lastly, remember to give yourself space, said Randall Voy, 56th Fighter Wing Inspector General representative and motorcycle safety class trainer. “People driving cars just don’t see motorcycles sometimes. Even when drivers do see you, chances are they’ve never been on a motorcycle and can’t properly judge your speed. So, know your bike and how to use it. Receive formal training and take refresher courses. They’re offered right here on Luke.”

For more information on motorcycle safety classes, call 56th Fighter Wing Safety at (623) 856-6104.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Lightening-within-five

Lightning over Luke …

The F-35 Lightning II isn’t the only lightning striking over Luke Air Force Base. This strike, about five miles west of the Luke flightline, was captured on camera at 1:12 a.m. Aug. 12 at the jet engine test cell.
 
 

Program smooths change from military to civilian life

It can be difficult to find work in today’s economy, even more so for families that are moving to a new area or families that are transitioning from military to civilian life. One program available to veterans is the Workforce Investment Act, which can help veterans have a smooth transition to civilian work. The 56th...
 
 

New form second chance to do EPRs right

Without fail, every time I am around a group of young NCOs, there is one subject guaranteed to come up — the enduring question of “How can I write a stronger EPR for my Airman?” My answer to this question is fairly standard and is one that a chief shared with me many years ago....
 

 

Plan for final out

How many of you are prepared for life outside of the military? Seriously, if you were told tomorrow was your final out, what would you do? We are currently in an environment where Defense Department rollbacks are a serious issue we must all contemplate. Fewer officers are being commissioned. Last year there was only one...
 
 

News Briefs August 22, 2014

Commander’s call Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold a commander’s call Monday in the Luke Air Force Base theater at 7 a.m. for Airmen, 9 a.m. for NCOs, 11 a.m. for senior NCOs, 1 p.m. for civilians, 3 p.m. for officers and 5 p.m. for those not able to make another...
 
 
Airman 1st Class 
JAMES HENSLEY

Commandant challenges students to be best

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Master Sgt. Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School commandant, briefs students Aug. 12 about the active-shooter exercise Aug. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Poisson asked ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin