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Breaking the Chain
It was an average summer day in August 2008. I was halfway through my shift when the State Patrol Communications Center sent notice of a head-on collision involving injuries on a heavily traveled highway in northeastern Washington state.
The Human Chock Block
Experience has taught me to read the maintenance manual every time I work on my vehicle. It lists the dangers that can be involved with any of the components on which I may be working. 
  • 1 July 2014
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Luck isn’t a Safety Plan
To prevent accidents, we need to take a link out of the chain of events that lead to the mishap. This accident could have easily ended differently. And while luck is not part of the Army Safety Program, this event did have some good fortune.
  • 1 July 2014
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When You’re Hot, You’re Hot
The ride south over the Siskiyou Mountains from Oregon to California started out cool enough. Up at 4,000 feet, it was chilly enough that I was glad I had added the jacket liner and neck warmer. But a hundred miles later, as I descend into the Sacramento Valley, the temperature begins to soar. 
  • 1 July 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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The Invisible Enemy
The nature of our business requires Soldiers to always be prepared to operate in severe weather conditions with extreme temperatures; however, heat injuries can occur even when temperatures aren’t extreme.
  • 1 July 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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Whether at Home or the Hangar
Although many years have passed, I distinctly recall the practical exercise on changing a tire as a young private just starting my military career. The reason why this memory stands out is due to a run-in with a particularly loud and brash drill instructor that happened to see me working without eye protection. The ensuing 15-minute PT session ensured I learned one thing — personal protective equipment is important. 
  • 1 July 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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