Health & Safety

May 17, 2012

Fort Irwin & NTC Safety Team May 2012 Newsletter

Army motorcycle statistics compared to Fort Irwin

The loss of any Soldier for any reason is unfortunate and degrades our force protection.  Fort Irwin has not experienced a privately-owned motorcycle fatality since 2009.  Records indicate that we have had four motorcycle accidents so far in fiscal year 2012.  Of those four, one person was 27 years old, two people were in their 30s, and one person was in his 40s.

As of May 1, the Army has lost 23 Soldiers in motorcycle accidents.  Of those 23 fatalities, 16 were in full compliance with personal protective equipment regulations, licensing and training requirements.  Three riders had not completed Basic Rider Course/Experienced Rider Course requirements and four riders were not wearing the required personal protective equipment.  Fifteen of the fatalities were in their 20s, five were in their 30s and three were in their 40s.  Although the trend indicates that younger riders may be more at risk, all riders face risk.

If you are a motorcycle rider, we encourage you to continue riding safely by keeping your training current, wearing all required personal protective equipment, and utilizing the TCLOCS bike inspection check to ensure your bike is ready for the road.  Use the self-assessment to determine your physical capabilities and mental attitude required to ride.

Leaders, continue to engage your mentors and Soldiers to ensure we are doing everything we possibly can to keep our riders safe.

 

Should you ride a motorcycle?

Riding a motorcycle is a unique experience.  Riding is fun and invigorating, yet the skills needed for safe riding, combined with the lack of car-like crash protection on a motorcycle, can cast doubts on whether a person should choose to ride a motorcycle.  Some potential riders lack the ability to execute skilled and timely actions in a complex traffic environment; others lack keen judgment or don’t have a firm grasp of the concept of risk management.

We believe that motorcycling isn’t for everyone.  If you’re considering becoming a rider, answer the questions using the self-assessment tool listed below:

http://www.msf-usa.org/downloads/quick-tips-should-you-ride-a-motorcycle-2009.pdf

 

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle on the roadway. Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative aimed at getting motorists and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other.

 

Personal Protective Equipment 

Today we are discovering some newer composite materials, such as Kevlar. These new items replace such materials as corduroy, denim or leather. Many provide flow-through ventilation and are more comfortable during warmer weather. Information on the performance characteristics of motorcycle clothing can be found by clicking here: http://www.roadsafety.mccofnsw.org.au/a/11.html.




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