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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 22-031 - PMV-2 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, PMV-2
A Sergeant assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, died in a PMV-2 mishap 10 April 2022 in Clarksville, Tennessee, at 2345 local. The Soldier reportedly failed to negotiate a curve, struck the curb, and was ejected into nearby trees. The specific circumstances of the mishap, including speed, the involvement of alcohol or drugs, the Soldier’s use of personal protective equipment, and completion of the required Motorcycle Safety Foundation training, are currently unknown. The safety/unit points of contact are waiting for local law enforcement to release its final report.

Since 2017, the Army has lost an average of 25 Soldiers a year to off-duty PMV-2 mishaps. This mishap was the 13th off-duty PMV-2 fatality of FY22.

 

PLR 22-030 - PMV-2 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, PMV-2
A Sergeant assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died in a PMV-2 mishap 15 March 2022 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 1910 local. A witness observed the Soldier weaving carelessly through traffic at a high rate of speed when he jumped a curb and struck a sign. The Soldier flipped while on the motorcycle before coming to rest. Paramedics responded and the Soldier was transported to the local hospital for treatment. He was placed on life support and died 17 March. The Soldier was reportedly wearing personal protective equipment and had completed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic RiderCourse. The use of alcohol or drugs as contributing factors is unknown at this time. This mishap is still under investigation by the local law enforcement.

Since 2017, the Army has lost an average of 25 Soldiers a year to PMV-2 mishaps. This mishap was the 12th PMV-2 fatality of FY22 and above the number of fatalities for the same time period last year.

For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities.

Speed also affects your safety even when you are driving at the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as during bad weather, when a road is under repair, or in an area at night that isn’t well lit.

Speeding is more than just breaking the law. The consequences are far-ranging:

•Greater potential for loss of vehicle control.
•Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment.
•Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger.
•Increased degree of crash severity, leading to more severe injuries.
•Economic implications of a speed-related crash; and increased fuel consumption/cost.

 

PLR 22-029 - PMV-4 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, PMV-4
A 30-year-old Staff Sergeant assigned to Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, died in a PMV-4 mishap 12 March 2022 in Eastover, South Carolina, at 2230 local. The Soldier reportedly rear-ended a civilian pickup truck at a high rate of speed, causing his vehicle to flip into the median. The Soldier sustained fatal injuries. The pickup truck ran off the left side of the road into the median. It is unknown who notified 911. The specific circumstances of the mishap, including the Soldier’s use of a seat belt and the involvement of alcohol or drugs, are also unknown. The unit/safety points of contact are waiting for the South Carolina Highway Patrol to release its final report.

Since 2017, the Army has lost an average of 36 Soldiers a year to PMV-4 mishaps. This mishap was the 10th PMV-4 fatality of FY22 and below the number of fatalities for the same time period last year.

Speeding endangers everyone on the road.In 2019, speeding killed 9,478 people. We all know the frustrations of modern life and juggling a busy schedule, but speed limits are put in place to protect all road users.
For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2019, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities.

Speeding and alcohol impairment often coincide; this varies with driver age. While 25% of speeding drivers under age 21 involved in fatal crashes are alcohol impaired (BAC = 0.08+ g/dL), over 40% in the 21 to 44 age groups are impaired. The percent of alcohol-impaired drivers falls sharply to 32% among 55- to 64-year-old drivers and continues to decline as the driver age increases.
In 2019, almost 3 in 4 (74%) of speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes between midnight and 3 a.m. were alcohol-impaired (BAC of .08 g/dL or higher) compared to 43%of non-speeding drivers.

 

PLR 22-028 - PMV-4 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, PMV-4
A 30-year-old Captain assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, died in a PMV-4 mishap 11 March 2022 in South Bend, Indiana, at 2115 local. The Soldier was operating his vehicle when another vehicle, traveling at a high rate of speed, crossed the centerline and struck him head on. The Soldier was pronounced dead at the scene. Local law enforcement confirmed there was no alcohol involvement by the Soldier. It is unknown who notified 911. The Soldier's use of a seat belt is also unknown. This mishap is currently being investigated by the Benton County Sheriff’s Department.

Since 2017, the Army has lost an average of 36 Soldiers a year to off-duty PMV-4 mishaps. This mishap was the ninth PMV-4 fatality of FY22.

 

PLR 22-027 - Weapons/Explosives Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, Privately Owned Weapons
A 23-year-old Specialist assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, died in a weapons/explosives mishap 10 March 2022 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, at 0930 local. During an M109A7 calibration firing event, the Soldier attempted to align the breech while the primer was in the breech block. When the system fired, he was struck by the recoiling breech and sustained a significant head injury. The Soldier was treated immediately by the medics and transported to the local hospital. While en route, he stopped breathing. The ambulance crew attempted to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead.

Since 2017, the Army has lost an average of three Soldiers a year to on-duty weapons/explosives mishaps. The last on-duty weapons/explosives fatality occurred in 2019. This mishap is the first on-duty weapons/explosives fatality of FY22.


Safety Tips:
• Follow all crew coordination drills when conducting live-fire.
• Stand clear of all recoiling parts to avoid injury. Failure to comply may result in death or severe injury to personnel and damage to equipment.
• Ignition of the propelling charge with the breechblock assembly not fully closed presents a critical hazard to the crew. Never insert primer in the primer cavity unless the breechblock assembly is closed and witness marks are aligned. Failure to comply may result in death or severe injury to personnel and damage to equipment.
• Witness marks must be aligned when the breechblock is closed. If witness marks are not aligned, the breechblock may be out of time and need replacement/services.

 

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