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TR Crew Ensures Safety First While At Sea

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050325-01
Release Date: 3/25/2005 7:15:00 AM

By Journalist 2nd Class Kimberly Stephens, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt's (CVN 71) crew raised the bar on safety during an underway for completion of carrier qualifications March 14.

Crew members reviewed the possibilities of injury that can occur when safety is not practiced, as well as the need for adhering strictly to safety guidelines.

"Rarely do we see injuries from people doing their actual duties on the ship," said Chief Hospital Corpsman Michael Felton. "Sailors know the safety rules for their job. It's the off [duty] time of transiting the passageways, playing around in berthing, or exercising on the hangar bay that injuries occur."

Sailors pointed out that living and working aboard an operational aircraft carrier at sea calls for constant alertness.

"With all the work being accomplished around the deck plates, it is important to maintain situational awareness, always knowing what is happening around you, and being aware is being prepared for the unexpected," said Safety Department's Yeoman 2nd class Courtney M. Hart.

"Complacency is one of the leading contributors to Sailor injuries," Hart said. "Sailors doing the same job day-in and day-out get into a routine, and they feel like nothing will happen. This euphoria of over-confidence leads to personnel rushing, cutting corners and making mistakes."

Felton added that safety is often as simple as paying attention and getting help from another shipmate.

"Remember, everyone that forgets isn't a bad Sailor," Felton explained. "We all forget, sometimes. However, it's the responsibility of every member of the 'Big Stick' team to correct one another."

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