Team members’ barricades and signs reporting efforts improve safety conditions

Bernie Williamson, AEDC test operations engineer, operates a barricade located at the AEDC Sea Level Engine Test Facility. This new barricade was installed to replace a temporary barricade as part of a Safety Condition Campaign focusing on barricades and signs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rick Goodfriend)

Bernie Williamson, AEDC test operations engineer, operates a barricade located at the AEDC Sea Level Engine Test Facility. This new barricade was installed to replace a temporary barricade as part of a Safety Condition Campaign focusing on barricades and signs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rick Goodfriend)

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. -- During a Safety Condition Campaign in February focused on barricades and signs, AEDC team members identified 257 instances of needed corrections throughout the Complex.

Barricades at AEDC are used to minimize exposure to personnel hazards that exists due to maintenance, construction or test operations. These barricades are accompanied by signage that details entry requirements or procedures.

“As of March 1, team members have corrected and closed 51 of those issues,” said Dick Nugent, a Safety, Health and Environment manager at AEDC. “Of the 257 issues noted, 197 were related to signage, the remaining related to barricades.”

Nugent noted that sign issues were predominantly faded, illegible or no longer necessary.

The SHE office and the Sign and Paint Shop are working to obtain new signs to complete the corrections.

As for the barricades, Nugent said the majority of the reported issues involved a recommendation to install new barricades or to extend the use of inadequate existing barricades by repairing them.

“We are making good progress toward identifying and correcting hazards, making our work place safer,” Nugent said. “Team members’ active participation and engagement has been and will continue to be of paramount importance.”

The Safety Condition Campaign began in January as a way to identify conditions that make compliance with safety requirements a challenge and to ensure everyone is in compliance with the Air Force safety standards. The campaign is also helping to establish consistency across work locations.