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    Collaborative approach to safety

    Collaborative approach to safety

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    4th Sustainment Brigade

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – The monthly Task Force Wrangler Safety Council meeting, held Jan. 15, at Army Field Support Battalion Afghanistan, provides a venue for unit representatives to report on safety programs, initiatives, training, successes and challenges. The forum facilitates cross-talk and mutual problem solving.

    Council members and chairman Lt. Col. Keith J. McVeigh, the deputy commanding officer of the 4th Resolute Sustainment Support Brigade, were interested in an initiative reported by AFSBn-A’s contracting partner AC First. The program called "Near Miss" is a no-fault, no-blame, way for employees to self-report on their own "near misses" or the "near misses" that they observe.

    Patrick LeBlanc, a safety specialist with AFSBn-A, pointed out that many of the contractors come from places where making such reports could lead to the employee being fired and lauded the battalion contract partner for overcoming language and cultural background barriers.

    “It was my pleasure to bring our contracting partner to the safety council to highlight their ‘Near Miss’ program and have it considered for inclusion into the overall CJOA-A [Combined Joint Operations Area – Afghanistan] safety programs,” said LeBlanc after the meeting. “It could prevent hundreds of accidents.”

    McVeigh was impressed and said the idea was "awesome" and talked about ways it could be implemented by some of the units represented at the meeting.



    Date Taken: 01.15.2015
    Date Posted: 02.05.2015 05:11
    Story ID: 153596
    Location: BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AF 
    Hometown: FORT HOOD, TX, US

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