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Summer safety campaign successful

Posted 9/11/2013   Updated 9/11/2013 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Joshua Eikren
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

9/11/2013 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Labor Day marked the end of the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, but the emphasis on safety remains a priority.

Scott had zero mishap fatalities through the entire Critical Days of Summer, and reduced reportable mishaps by 45 percent compared to last year's campaign.

"The majority of Scott AFB mishaps were related to sports and recreation, and motor vehicle accidents," said Master Sgt. Jeremiah Carpenter, 375th Air Mobility Wing Safety superintendent. "Reportable mishaps are those that result in lost time from work or restricted duty."

Air Force-wide there were 21 fatalities during the summer safety campaign--compared to 16 in 2012--an increase of 27 percent. Nine deaths were motorcycle related, eight automobile, and four from other types of mishaps.

"Alcohol was a factor in five of 21 fatalities," said Carpenter. "Human factors such as inattention, complacency, overconfidence, improper risk management and improper decision making continues to contribute to most mishaps."

Airmen should always remember 0-0-1-3 when consuming alcohol: 0 underage drinking offenses; 0 drinking and driving; one drink per hour; and no more than three drinks per evening.

Regardless of the situation, Armed Forces Against Drunk Driving can be contacted 24/7 at 256-HOME (4663), and will give Scott members a ride home, no questions asked.

Tech. Sgt. Kevin Getchell, 375th AMW Safety, added, "Although the Critical Days of Summer campaign is over, we can't afford to lose focus on safety. The risks are still out there and we all need to continue to use sound risk management on and off duty."

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