Safety Superintendent dedicated to decrease violations

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  • By Airman 1st Class Enjoli Saunders
  • 175th Wing PA

Safety has always been a priority for the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard. The base is a relatively small unit typically with little traffic traveling at low speeds. However, within the last four months there has been a substantial increase in safety violations, resulting in a total of six incidents occurring. There were no fatalities but all incidents led to property damage.

"Two of the most common factors that caused the increase were distracted driving and improper risk management," said Senior Master Sgt. Bruce Strong, the Occupational Safety Superintendent for the 175th Wing Maryland Air National Guard. "Many people don't realize distracted driving is more than talking on the phone; it is anything that takes your eyes off the road such as adjusting the radio or eating."

Motor vehicle companies have begun taking responsibility for vehicle safety by increasing motion sensing technology, air bags and back-up cameras, however, safety must still be a priority for individuals. 

"As Airmen we must continue to focus on the primary objective - safety," said Strong. "We must improve on the lack of real time risk management."

Strong always encourages Airmen to say something if they see a safety violation. Some young Airman may be discouraged because of their rank, however, everyone on the base deserves to be safe.

All of these safety precautions align with the Air Force's new safety campaign, "Quest for Zero." This campaign was created to ensure the safety of all Airmen and to raise awareness of safety risks they face every day, at work and at home.

If you have questions, concerns or need any assistance please visit the Safety Office on the 2nd floor to the rear of the 175th Wing Headquarters building, room 237, or call 410-918-6524.