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Outstanding safety record benefits Fleet Marine Force

By Sgt. Phuong Chau | | February 19, 2003

The Marine Corps Logistics Bases' Fleet Support Division plays a major role in enhancing the Corps' logistics capabilities, and those capabilities were further strengthened by the FSD staff's superior safety record last year.

Marines in the fleet benefit anytime loss of work hours due to illness or injury can be avoided.

According to Gunnery Sgt. Tommy Fair, FSD Assistant Safety Officer, FSD is a support function within the Supply Chain Management Center. FSD's mission is to provide that support to Marines worldwide. Their role in FSD involves receipts, storage, maintaining and distribution of Ground Weapons Systems support equipment and those items that make the systems ready for use by Marines. This support extends to the Fleet Marine Forces, and Marine Force Reserves worldwide, as well as the Marine Corps Maritime Preposition Ships.

FSD Albany has 155 Marines and Civilian Marines who work to support the Fleet Marine Force. Another FSD, located at MCLB Barstow, Calif., has a similar mission.

With this strength, during the period of Sept. 23 through Dec. 31, FSD Albany accomplished its mission performing 80,000-hour of work without an injury or illness. In addition, between June 14 and Dec. 31, FSD Albany performed more than 175,000 of work without any lost-time injuries.

"This achievement would be significant anywhere," said Fair, who compared the record to the National Football League accomplishing the same record. "In the NFL, you can't play a week without somebody being hurt. The people within FSD have worked without any type of injury, a broken finger, a cut, or anything."

Mike Layfield, the Division's Safety Officer echoed Fair's feelings on the accomplishment. The unit's work force has not even needed a band-aid during the 80,000-hour period.

Layfield said any job related injury must be reported regardless of severity.

According to Layfield, the achievement can be attributed to FSD's strong staff, which conscientiously strives to follow-up on all safety issues.

"Without follow-up, we would never close the loop," said Layfield.

Closing the loop means that when a supervisor identifies safety issue and recommends appropriate action to correct it, that safety issue is revisited later to ensure it was properly resolved and appropriate control measures put in place to prevent future problems.

Strong emphasis on safety from the director down to the individual worker forces everyone to fall in line, said Layfield.

"It's all about taking care of the people here," said Layfield, who points out that all the hard work is in getting operational risk management in place and getting control measures on work processes.

According to Layfield, this is the best safety report FSD has accomplished here since he has taken over as the Division's Safety Officer.

"We are the best on the base without accidents or injury," reiterated Fair.

Unfortunately the record ended in January, but according to the two safety officers, that gives them more reason to improve in the future.

The safety officers said they hope to set ORM as a standard and that it becomes the mindset of all the division's employees.

According to Layfield, the FSD plans to document everything by ORM. This is the future of safety.

Right now, the FSD safety officers said, the next step to understand what needs to be accomplished to meet the goals of the Installations and Logistics Division here and the Risk Management Branch.

FSD was flagged with 134 safety findings in 2000. The division was flagged with only 14 two weeks ago, but 13 of those were corrected on site - the future of safety at FSD definitely looks bright.

"If you look at FSD's safety record and reduction of safety findings in the last six-month period, it should speak for itself," said Layfield.