Air Force Safety Center
3/13/2012 – KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Air Force safety officials here today announced that since Feb. 17, 2011, the Air Force has now gone for more than 12 months without an on-duty ground fatality.
After an exhaustive search of the Air Force Safety Center’s safety mishap database, officials confirmed the service reached this milestone for the first time in its history.
On-duty ground safety includes industrial, occupational, sports and recreation and traffic-related activities while on the job.
“This wonderful feat is due to the unrelenting commitment by commanders, supervisors, safety professionals and Airmen at all levels to accomplishing the mission safely and effectively,” Maj. Gen. Greg Feest, Air Force chief of safety, said. “It’s truly a team effort.”
Bill Parsons, Air Force chief of ground safety, echoed the Air Force’s commitment to a safe work environment.
“The Air Force’s investment in creating safe workplaces and procedures, managing risk and eliminating hazards clearly demonstrates that it’s possible, even under tough situations, to protect our Airmen from harm,” Parsons said. “Airmen work more confidently and efficiently, and tragic loss to co-workers, friends and family is avoided when organizations emphasize safety.”
“I applaud the work done by all in keeping our Airmen safe,” Feest added. “Let’s apply the same vigilance when you’re off-duty as well.”