MAY 2004 SAFETY SUMMARY AND FOURTH QUARTER SAFETY THEME

Date Signed: 5/13/2008
ALMARS Active Number: 036/04

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SUBJ/MAY 2004 SAFETY SUMMARY AND FOURTH QUARTER SAFETY THEME//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  DURING MAY, FOUR MARINES DIED IN OPERATIONAL
MISHAPS AND NINE MARINES DIED IN NON-OPERATIONAL MISHAPS.  THERE
WERE NO REPORTED AVIATION MISHAPS.
A.  OPERATIONAL
(1) A LCPL DIED IN A HMMWV MISHAP.  THE LCPL WAS RIDING IN THE RIGHT
REAR PASSENGER POSITION DURING REHEARSALS FOR LIVE FIRE EXERCISES
WHEN THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL.  THE LCPL WAS EJECTED FROM THE
VEHICLE, AND THE VEHICLE ROLLED OVER TRAPPING HIM UNDER THE HMMWV.
(2) A PFC COMPLETED A PFT AND HAD TROUBLE BREATHING. HE WAS TREATED
AT THE BAS, LOST CONSCIOUSNESS, AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE EMERGENCY
ROOM WHRE HE DIED THE NEXT DAY FROM CARDIAC ARREST.  
(3) A PFC WAS FOUND LYING UNCONSCIOUS OUTSIDE HIS BILLETING TENT
BESIDE AN OPEN ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX IN AL ASAD.  HE WAS TAKEN TO
THE SURGICAL COMPANY WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD.
(4) A CPL RIDING AS A PASSENGER WAS KILLED WHEN THE LVS HE WAS IN
WAS INVOLVED IN A VEHICLE CRASH.  
B. NON-OPERATIONAL
(1) TWO LCPLS WERE KILLED IN A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT WHERE THE
VEHICLE LEFT THE ROAD AND STRUCK A TREE DURING WET CONDITIONS.
(2) A PFC WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE WHEN THE VEHICLE IN WHICH
SEVERAL MARINES WERE RIDING COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER VEHICLE AND ROLLED
SEVERAL TIMES.
(3) A LCPL, RIDING AS A PASSENGER, DIED OF SEVERE HEAD TRAUMA
SUSTAINED IN A PMV ACCIDENT THAT OCCURRED ON 24 APRIL 04; THE LCPL
WAS TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT ON 3 MAY 04.
(4) A CPL WAS KILLED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.  NO ALCOHOL WAS
INVOLVED.  THE ACCIDENT IS CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION.
(5) A SGT, RIDING AS A PASSENGER, WAS KILLED IN A PMV ACCIDENT THAT
IS CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION.
(6) A LCPL WAS STRUCK BY A VAN IN TRAFFIC IN OKINAWA AFTER EXITING A
TAXI AND ATTEMPTING TO CROSS THE STREET.  THE REPORT INDICATED
ALCOHOL INVOLVEMENT BY THE DRIVER OF THE VAN.  
(7) A CPL, RIDING AS A PASSENGER, WAS KILLED IN A SINGLE VEHICLE
ACCIDENT IN MARYLAND.  ALCOHOL INVOLVEMENT WAS INDICATED.
(8) A PVT WAS THE DRIVER OF A VEHICLE WITH THREE OTHER MARINES AS
PASSENGERS.  THE PVT LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, ROLLED IT, AND
LATER DIED FROM MAJOR HEAD TRAUMA AND INTERNAL BLEEDING.
2. OBSERVATIONS/TRENDS
A. SO FAR THIS FY, 11 MARINES AND 1 CIVILIAN HAVE DIED IN
OPERATIONAL MISHAPS AND 39 MARINES HAVE DIED IN OFF-DUTY AND
RECREATIONAL MISHAPS.  THE LOSS OF ANY MARINE IS TRAGIC BUT THE LOSS
OF NINE MARINES IN EIGHT AVOIDABLE OFF-DUTY MISHAPS IS HORRENDOUS
AND UNACCEPTABLE.  IN SIX OF THOSE MISHAPS, THE OPPORTUNITY FOR
PASSENGER INTERVENTION WAS IGNORED OR NOT CONSIDERED.  MARINES MUST
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY BY MAKING SURE THE DRIVER
IS NOT SPEEDING, NOT UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, OR NOT FALLING
ASLEEP, AND THAT ALL OCCUPANTS ARE WEARING A SEAT BELT.  WE MUST
CURB THESE LOSSES NOW.  ALL MARINES MUST FOLLOW OUR CREDO OF "TAKING
CARE OF OUR OWN."  
B. THE SAFETY THEME FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER FY04 IS "EXCELLENCE IN
SAFETY IS ESSENTIAL TO EXCELLENCE IN WARFIGHTING."  MARINES WHO ARE
READY TO ANSWER OUR NATION'S CALL ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE IN WARFIGHTING.
MARINES ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE IN SAFETY BY BEING FIT AND ABLE TO
PERFORM ASSIGNED MISSIONS OR TASKS WHILE PERSONALLY MANAGING THEIR
RISK.  MARINES, HAVE THE FORTITUDE AND PERSISTENCE TO SPEAK UP WHEN
OBSERVING UNSAFE ACTS OR BEHAVIORS.  BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR WAYS TO
HELP YOUR COMMAND AND THE CORPS KEEP OUR MARINES ALIVE AND POISED
FOR DUTY.  IF YOU SEE A MARINE ACTING IN AN UNSAFE MANNER, HELP THAT
MARINE, PREFERABLY DIRECTLY OR, AS A LAST RESORT, THROUGH HIS OR HER
LEADERSHIP.  AS PROFESSIONALS, I AM COUNTING ON YOU TO HELP ME KEEP
MARINES SAFE.  
3.  SEMPER FIDELIS, M. W. HAGEE, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS,
COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//