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August 29, 2014

CDOS 2014 comes to a close

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Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Many people view the Labor Day weekend as the end of summer and a last chance to travel, hit Lake Mead, fire up the grill or indulge in their favorite outdoor activity. No matter what activities Airmen choose to partake in during the long weekend, safety is paramount. During the 2014 Critical Days of Summer campaign, which runs from Memorial Day weekend through the end of Labor Day weekend, there have been 38 mishaps in the Nellis community – down from 52 during the 2013 CDOS campaign. To ensure Nellis does not reach the mishap total from last year, the Nellis community is asked to please reflect on the slogan for this year’s campaign: “Risk: Double checks, not second thoughts” as the importance of risk management during all off-duty activities is vital.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The upcoming Labor Day weekend marks the end of the 2014 Critical Days of Summer campaign, which began during Memorial Day weekend in May.

The annual CDOS campaign is aimed at reducing the increased number of mishaps that traditionally occur Air Force-wide during the summer months.

“The goal is to instill effective risk-management methods in our personnel to use in their everyday strategy, on- or off-duty,” said Tech. Sgt. Ramone Hayes, 99th Air Base Wing ground safety manager. “So far this year, [at Nellis] we’ve had 38 mishaps. Last year we had 52 total – that’s a 26 percent decrease – so we’re doing pretty good we just need to keep it up.”

Of the 38 mishaps this year, Hayes said 14 were ‘industrial’ mishaps, or mishaps occurring while on the job, which would account for more than any other category of mishap.

“Last year, there were 23 industrial mishaps, which were the most of any kind of mishap as well,” Hayes said. “We really want to emphasize occupational safety. Critical Days of Summer focuses a lot on off-duty time; however, we can’t lose sight of our on-duty requirements.

When you’re on the job, you need to be doing everything by the book and utilizing all [personal protection equipment] requirements to keep yourself safe.”

Although the CDOS campaign may be coming to an end, focusing on safety throughout the year needs to be a priority for everyone, said Col. Richard Boutwell, 99th ABW commander.

“I always emphasize that it only takes one Airman doing an ordinary act to have an extraordinary impact in someone else’s life, and that definitely applies to safety,” Boutwell said. “Summer, fall, winter or spring, a lapse in judgment can happen to anyone at any time, so it’s imperative we all look out for each other. As you all enjoy this time off with your loved ones, reflect on some of the lessons we’ve learned, so when we come back, we can knock down those mishap numbers even more.”

For more information on the CDOS campaign or any safety-related question, contact the 99th ABW Safety Office at 702-652-2141.




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