By R. Slade WaltersJanuary 18, 2019
According to the United States Department of Labor, under federal law, employers have a responsibility to comply with safety standards and make sure workplaces are safe for employees.
The U.S. Army, with many inherently dangerous missions, is working to integrate safety into all operations.
"Safety is an integral part of everything we do," said Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, "We have to be able to fight and win our Nation's wars, and safety is a big part of that."
To demonstrate the Army's commitment to safety and recognize organizations and individuals making exceptional contributions to Army safety programs, the U.S. Army Materiel Command announced the winners of the fiscal year 2018 AMC safety awards Dec. 27, 2018.
Among the AMC safety award winners were several U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command units and individuals.
"These awards reflect the commitment by leadership, supervisors and employees to make TACOM a safe and healthful workplace. They represent a commitment to not just compliance with safety programs but a culture that endorses safety is an integral part of the way we do business and continuous improvement," said Adam Crafard, the TACOM director of safety and occupational health.
For improvements in safety program management that resulted in an 18 percent reduction in injuries, a 59 percent reduction in lost time cases and a $1.3 million reduction in injury-related costs compared to the previous year, TACOM Headquarters took home the AMC Exceptional Organization Safety Award for units commanded by a 2 star general.
AMC's brigade-level Exceptional Organization Safety Award went to TACOM's Red River Army Depot, Texas for sustaining a workplace safety culture and RRAD's notable safety initiatives, which resulted in a 25 percent reduction in total safety cases during the year.
Clayton Nagel from TACOM's Fleet Management Expansion, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., won the AMC junior civilian employee individual award for serving as a volunteer safety officer, managing mishap investigations, identifying hazards and significantly reducing safety incidents that resulted in lost time.
Winners of the AMC awards will go on to represent AMC at the Department of the Army competition.
"I am proud of the Command for being selected to represent the Army Material Command at the Department of the Army Safety Awards," said Crafard.