By Art Powell, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, Fort Rucker, Ala.October 3, 2011
FOR RELEASE OCT. 3, 2011
The Army released a new web-based tool today that is designed to be more accurate, timely and complete by combining several existing Army accident reporting systems.
The streamlined program, tested at selected Army installations, including Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Campbell, Ky., Fort Sill, Okla., and the Army National Guard, Washington, D.C.; will assist leaders in monitoring accident data and identifying trends across the force.
"This tool will give our leaders, at all levels, a better picture of the Army accident landscape," said Brig. Gen. William T. Wolf, director of Army safety and commander of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness / Safety Center, Fort Rucker, Ala. "It empowers them to better understand the types and circumstances surrounding accidents so that they can develop preventative measures."
Prompt accident reporting is critical in order for Army Leaders to promptly address accident trends that may develop anywhere in the world, and take steps to address them.
"ReportIt is designed to be more accurate than previous systems, and provides more timely and complete reporting," said Rae McInnis, director, G3, current operations, USACR/Safety Center. "It will provide Army Leaders with a better picture of the types of accidents we experience and the circumstances surrounding them, and that capability will guide their responses for taking corrective action."
ReportIt now contains modules to address aviation and ground accidents. Future modules will guide initial notification actions, unmanned aerial systems accidents, civilian reporting, smartphone applications, and offline capability, among others.
"We've tested ReportIt at selected bases because, like any new software system, we wanted to work out the bugs and get user feedback so we could address known problems before going Army-wide," added McInnis. "And we expect to address issues that may arise in the future as this software program evolves and makes a huge footprint across our Army."
ReportIt provides reserve components of the Army with improved accident reporting/analysis capabilities, as well.
"For the Army National Guard, ReportIt is the welcomed next evolution in the mishap reporting conduit," said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mark Grapin, aviation and ground safety specialist, National Guard Bureau, Army National Guard Directorate, Washington, D.C. "The development and implementation team has been sensitive to the statutory reporting criteria for the Guard, which should reduce our learning curve and growth pains. ReportIt is akin to a credit card swipe machine at the grocery store counter: a simplified conduit to the army accident database of record with 'TurboTax'-style prompting tools that largely take the pain out of the reporting process. As a result, we expect increased accuracy and decreased span-times between event and archive."
Army ReportIt! developers strived to ensure that it would not only be quicker and easier to use than those systems it replaced, but provide quicker user feed-back.
"ReportIt is easier to use than the systems it replaced," said Melissa Johnson, director, G6, support operations, USACR/Safety Center, "because we designed a very user-centric, familiar, web-based interface. We are developing ReportIt on the .NET platform using Agile methodology to enable us to respond quickly to user feedback. And, of course, we are vigilant to maintain Army information assurance standards as well as Privacy Act requirements."
To see or use ReportIt!, go to https://safety.army.mil and click on the ReportIt! icon.