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Preliminary Loss Reports (PLRs)

About Preliminary Loss Reports (PLRs)

Preliminary Loss Reports provide leaders with awareness of Army loss and highlight potential trends that affect combat readiness. Within 72 hours of a loss, PLRs provide a synopsis of the incident: unit, date of loss, description of the activity at the time of the death. PLRs do not identify root causes of an accident, as the investigation is ongoing. Further details will be available later on RMIS (account required).

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PLR 21-067 – Fall Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

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An Active Guard Reserve Soldier assigned to the North Carolina Army National Guard died in a mishap 5 June 2021 at 0601 local. The Soldier was at his residence in Creedmoor, North Carolina, when he fell approximately 4 feet off of his open back porch deck. His wife found him and called 911. Emergency medical services personnel arrived and pronounced the Soldier dead at the scene. The preliminary investigation indicated his injuries and death were the result of his fall. It’s unknown at this time if alcohol was involved. The mishap is under investigation.

This is the first Soldier fatality resulting from a fall in FY21.

 

 

PLR 21-045 – Combat Skills/Military Unique Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, Other
A Specialist assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, attending Ranger School, died in a combat skills/military unique mishap 25 March 2021 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, at approximately 1826 local. The Soldier was crossing a rope bridge constructed on Weaver River when he became submerged at the halfway point. Four instructors attempted to render aid but were unable to maintain contact. The instructors lost sight of the Soldier for several minutes before locating him unconscious and without pulse. On-site medics began immediate trauma care and air evacuated the Soldier to the local hospital. He was pronounced dead upon arrival by the attending physician.

Since FY16, the Army has lost an average of three Soldiers a year to combat skills/military unique mishaps. This was the first combat skills/military unique mishap of FY21.

Consider the following controls related to post-mishap response:

- Qualified and equipped medical personnel will be present to respond to any mishap.
- Medical transportation must be available. Identify locations and routes to the nearest medical treatment facilities.
- Verify level of care available at local medical treatment facilities.
- Verify availability and request procedures for MEDEVAC.
- Brief all Soldiers on medical evacuation procedures and communication methods.
- Ensure multiple forms of communication are available; primary, alternate, contingency, emergency (PACE) and operational.
- Conduct mishap response rehearsals.

 

 

PLR 21-028 - GMV Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

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A Staff Sergeant assigned to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, died in a government motor vehicle (GMV) mishap 11 January 2021 near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, at 0800 local. The Soldier was the front-seat passenger in an approved non-tactical vehicle traveling from Camp Buehring to Camp Arifjan, when it was involved in a mishap that resulted in a rollover. The driver and rear passenger were evaluated at the local hospital for minor injuries. Initial indications were all occupants were wearing seat belts and speed was a factor. The mishap is under investigation.

Since 2016, the Army has experienced an average of 18 GMV mishaps per year. This was the fifth GMV mishap of FY21 and slightly above the number of similar mishaps during the same time period last year.

All types of vehicles can experience a rollover, but SUVs have a taller design, giving them a higher center of gravity and therefore more top heavy. While rollovers are a relatively rare type of car accident, they’re often more dangerous.

Watch your speed while driving an SUV. It’s very dangerous for any type of vehicle to be speeding, but research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that about 40% of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speed and approximately three-quarters of all fatal rollovers occur in areas where the speed limit is at least 55 mph.

SUVs have a more difficult time going around curves or handling sudden driving moves than smaller cars, so being mindful of your speed will go a long way in protecting yourself and your passengers. Don’t think that just because you’re doing a simple driving maneuver that you’re not at risk for a rollover accident. According to NHTSA, over 90% of all fatal single-vehicle rollover crashes involved routine driving maneuvers such as going straight or navigating a curve.

 

 


PLR 21-026 - GMV Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

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A Staff Sergeant assigned to Camp Eagle, South Korea, died in a Government Motor Vehicle mishap 4 January 2021 on Camp Casey, Korea, at 0330 local. The Soldier was driving a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) and arrived to a live-fire complex as the advanced party for a field training exercise. The Soldier and a passenger were in the LMTV near the entry road to the live-fire complex when the vehicle overturned. The Soldier suffered fatal injuries. The passenger is currently being evaluated at the local hospital for minor injuries. Ice is believed to have played a role in the mishap, which is under investigation.

Since 2016, the Army has experienced an average of 18 GMV mishaps per year. This mishap is the fourth GMV mishap of FY21 and slightly above the number of similar mishaps during the same time period last year.

Snow and Ice Reduce Traction:

1. When driving on snow or ice, make sure the vehicle is equipped with chains, snow tires or studded tires.

2. When roads are dangerous because of weather, drive with extra care and at reduced speed according to conditions.

3. Even when a road appears to be generally clear of ice, use caution. There can always be small patches of black ice on the road that can cause even the most experienced operator to have a mishap.

4. A good winter driving rule is to slow down before coming to bridges and shaded places. Be especially careful in late afternoon and after dark.

 

 

PLR 20-080 - Government Motor Vehicle Mishap Claims Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, Other

A Sergeant assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas, died in a government motor vehicle (GMV) mishap 28 August 2020 on the installation at 1934 local. The Soldier was the truck commander in an M1120 HEMTT Load Handling System (LHS) that rear-ended another LHS (Vehicle 2)) during convoy operations. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Soldier's seat belt and personal protective equipment use is unknown at this time. It is suspected that Vehicle 2 had stopped due to a maintenance issue. Dusty conditions were reported at the time of the mishap, resulting in limited visibility and a hazardous driving environment. The USACRC is leading a safety investigation into the mishap.

Since FY16, the Army has lost an average of 12 Soldiers in GMV mishaps per year. This was the 11th GMV mishap of FY20 and below the number of similar mishaps during the same time period last year. Ensure your convoy brief addresses control measures to mitigate hazards identified in your risk assessment, such as vehicle restraint use, speed limits and safe following distances. The Joint Risk Assessment Tool (JRAT) provides numerous potential subtasks, hazards and control measures associated with vehicle operations. Check it out at https://jrat.safety.army.mil.

 

 

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