A 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Soldier was killed in a light medium tactical vehicle accident Feb. 13.

The 18-year-old private was helping his unit recover from the field when he became pinned between an LMTV and another vehicle. The LMTV was parked on an incline and not chocked. He was evacuated to a local medical center where he later died.

Including this accident, there have been six class A ground accidents where an on-duty Soldier was pinned between vehicles and fatally injured from the beginning of fiscal year 2007 through Feb. 13.

Soldier deaths from motorcycles and POVs are a focus of attention for the Army, as they should. However, that doesn’t mean Soldiers should be any less diligent when performing their missions.

It is well known that engaged leaders make a difference. Do Soldiers know when to use chock blocks as an extra precaution?

According to Army Regulation 385-10, 11-4 (g)(5), “Army motor vehicles, except non–tactical vehicles, will be equipped with properly sized chock blocks for use when parked on sloping terrain, while maintenance is being performed, or when a vehicle is parked and a trailer is attached.”

Leaders and Soldiers must be aware of all the requirements in AR 385-10 Chapter 11, Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention.

Understanding and enforcing these requirements will assure the leader and Soldier have a better understanding of their responsibility to be safe in and around Army motor vehicles.

Some of the requirements covered are: motor vehicle accident prevention policy, motor vehicle safety standards, safe motor vehicle operations, safe movement of personnel, tactical vehicle safety, driver education, and Army combat vehicle safety guidelines.

Leaders, engage your Soldiers to make sure they are aware of and practice the requirements in this regulation.

Composite risk management should have been used to prevent this accident. The hazards of all activities must be assessed and a risk assessment must be prepared.

All Soldiers involved in the activity must be briefed on the hazards and the correct procedures required to complete the mission.

Most important in the movement of vehicles is the use of ground guides. Leaders must assure ground guides are trained and used in the movement of any vehicles.

Safety can never take a back seat and it is up to leaders to keep safety in the forefront.