Health & Safety

January 31, 2014

Safety: Priority 1 to kick off year right

Tags:
Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Hunt, Naval Operations Support Center avionics technician chief, demonstrates proper form to reduce the risk of injury Jan. 27 in the warrior fitness center. Since 2004, the Air Force has lost approximately 400 personnel due to recreational activities, according to Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing ground safety manager.

It’s human nature to test and push limits, but at times we overlook the risks associated with a particular situation. While attempting physical challenges, people are injured because they aren’t fully aware of the possibility that something unpleasant could happen.

It’s the duty of Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing ground safety manager, to help the wing commander and all subordinate commanders manage their health and safety programs, ensuring mishap prevention and safety compliance. The “Safety Dude,” as many know him, makes sure safety is first 24/7.

“When we understand there is a chance of danger to everything we do, we become aware of the risks,” Bruce said. “The idea is to not be afraid of that activity, but to think about those major risks.”

Since 2004, the Air Force has lost about 150 service members due to combat and approximately 400 due to recreational activities including car accidents, motorcycle accidents and sports mishaps, Bruce said. The real danger for Air Force personnel isn’t combat but the daily grind.

When on duty, personnel have guidelines they must abide by, as well as having safety instructors and supervisors. But when off duty the responsibility of ensuring safety falls on each individual, and it can become challenging to perceive the risk of the activity.

Potentially dangerous situations can be averted by doing a risk awareness exercise.

Take the top three reasons why it could be dangerous and become more conscious of those dangers. This will make people less prone to accidents and injury, Bruce said.

“When people are more aware of the risks they take, they tend to approach the activity with more caution,” said Staff Sgt. Jason De Jesus, 56th FW ground safety technician. “We hope to continue to raise awareness so that Luke Airmen can be safer in their day-to-day activities.”




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


 
 

 

Report released: Luke drinking water

The Luke Air Force Base 2014 Annual Consumer Confidence Report on drinking water quality was released March 12 by the 56th Aerospace Medical Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering. The Environmental Protection Agency requires this report be available to the consuming public. The CCR describes the presence of the contaminants that may be in the drinking water and...
 
 

Street Beat

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 16 through 22: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 22 moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Emergency responses March 17: Security forces responded to a report of a medical emergency near Bldg. 913. Two Airmen fell from a golf cart when the driver made a...
 
 

Message to medical group enrollees seeking urgent care

Deciding to seek urgent medical treatment at an urgent care clinic deserves careful consideration. Following the right steps before seeking urgent care ensures patients will get coordinated attention at the lowest out-of-pocket-cost possible. If you are assigned to a Primary Care Manager at the 56th Medical Group, you should follow these steps before going to...
 

 

Winter sports still risk for sun damage

Winter sports enthusiasts spend ample time outdoors, often hitting the slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Despite cold temperatures, clouds and dreary weather, winter sports lovers are still at risk for sun damage and skin cancer. In fact, about 86 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to the...
 
 

Justice Report

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 9 through 15: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles at Bldg. 859 parking lot. There were no injuries. March...
 
 

St. Patrick’s Day: time for celebration, safety

People all around the world will be celebrating Tuesday the life and contributions of the patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, the day is celebrated on the day of his death. The day not only celebrates St. Patrick, but the culture of Ireland. In the U.S., the...
 




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