This article initially appeared in PS 788 (Jul 18)
Making safety a vital part maintenance is a win-win for everyone. It begins by developing a culture of safety in your unit where loss prevention is instinctive as Soldiers work. Even better it can carry over to off-duty activities.
Safety should never compete against the primary mission. Instead, it should be an integral part of the mission. After all, everything the Army asks Soldiers to do has a risk of injury, whether it's vehicle maintenance or jumping out of an aircraft. Priorities shift due to competing mission demands. So make safety an imperative rather than a priority. This keeps safety from taking a back seat because something else seems more important.
Nothing should be more important than safety when it comes to a Soldier's life?
Make safety a part of everything you do. It's the only way to keep safety from becoming an afterthought.