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What should be included at the end of an Army safety briefing?

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At the end of an Army safety briefing, commanders should highlight the common fatalities soldiers often forget and ask the soldiers if they have any questions about the safety procedures or details listed during the brief. It is important for each soldier's safety that he or she fully understands the guidelines outlined during the Army safety briefing.

In 2013, the then U.S. Army Combat Readiness and Safety Center commanding general, Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, asked commanders to share common fatalities from the prior year. One such fatality was called "get-there-itis," which occurs when soldiers get too excited or nervous to get to the end destination. They take excessive speeding while operating a vehicle and while they might gain 2 or 3 minutes, they risk a vehicle crash. This has taken many soldier's lives. General Edens asked that commanders stress the importance of proper planning and the right frame of mind.

Another common fatality is drowning. Commanders were asked to remind soldiers that drownings actually doubled in 2013 from the fiscal year in 2012. Drowning can occur at home or when soldiers are on active duty. General Edens also asked that commanders give soldiers specific safety information pertaining to their unit. Each unit knows what is happening in their formations and catching bad safety habits early with soldiers can prevent unnecessary death.

Sources:

  1. army.mil

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