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Base garners another safety honor

By Art Powell | | May 7, 2009


Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., has been selected as the recipient of a Marine Corps safety award for fiscal year 2008.

In All Marine Message 010/09, MCLB Albany was named as the winner of the Merit in Safety Award, Group III.

In the ALMAR, Gen. James T. Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps, said, “All nominees are to be congratulated on the significant contributions they have made to decreasing mishaps and increasing mission readiness.”

The award represents the sixth safety award for MCLB Albany in the past seven years.

“Fiscal year 2008 was another exceptional year for the MCLB Albany Garrison Command Safety Program.  We reduced Marine on-duty lost-time mishaps by 50 percent.  We had zero fatalities in privately owned vehicles and reduced reportable vehicle mishaps by 100 percent,” said Merrill Dickinson, installation safety manager, Risk Management Office, Public Safety Division, MCLB Albany.

“This award is another indication that the leadership, from the base commanding officer to the first-line supervisor, is committed to safety as a core value.  As safety professionals, it is an honor for us to manage a safety program that receives such recognition,” he added.

The command also achieved the Presidential Safety, Health and Return-to-Employment goals by reducing the civilian lost-time mishap rate by 22 percent in FY08. 

“None of this could have been possible if it were not for the commitment of our supervisors and involvement of our employees,” said Dickinson.