By Ms. Hayley Smith (AMC)March 28, 2019
CRANE, Ind. - Crane Army Ammunition Activity continued its commitment to safety excellence with the latest edition of the biannual Safety Stand Down, a seminar reiterating the importance of taking preventive action to protect oneself and others, here March 26-27.
The event included videos on safe workplace practices and personal protective equipment and face-to-face sessions on other topics such as bystander intervention, sexual harassment and suicide prevention.
"Safety is my number one priority," Col. Michael P. Garlington, commander of Crane Army, said. "No job is worth life or limb. I want everyone here to go home in the same or better condition as they arrived that morning."
The training focused on the importance of saying something if an individual sees something concerning.
Angel Rudd, Crane Army's sexual assault response coordinator, discussed bystander intervention during her training on sexual harassment and assault awareness and prevention.
"Bystander intervention, or anything someone can do to stop a potentially harmful situation, is a major part of prevention training," Rudd said. "It's essential for everyone to assume personal responsibility for maintaining a safe and respectful work environment."
Chaplain (Maj.) Chuck Scott, command chaplain for Joint Munitions Command, Crane Army's higher headquarters, spoke to the importance of people looking out for each other during his session on suicide prevention. Scott emphasized tactics such as talking to people at high risk or presenting warning signs and asking if they had thoughts of suicide.
"The absolute best thing someone can do to help prevent this tragic situation is to ask the question," Scott said. "If you have any worries about whether someone is at risk, ask them directly."
During the training Scott discussed pushing through any feelings of awkwardness when determining whether or not to approach someone they think is at risk of suicide.
"If you show genuine concern for someone, no one's going to fault you for that, even if it does seem intrusive," Scott said. "We all need to check on each other and show concern for each other. The worst thing you could say is nothing."
Crane Army prides itself on providing a safe work environment. CAAA also provides training, support and programs throughout the year to ensure employees receive quality and current information on critical safety topics.
Crane Army Ammunition Activity produces and provides conventional munitions requirements in support of U.S. Army and Joint Force readiness. It is one of 14 installations of the Joint Munitions Command and one of 23 organic industrial base installations under the U.S. Army Materiel Command, which include arsenals, depots, activities and ammunition plants.