Joint Base Lewis McChord Puts Safety First With Fall Protection

Joint Base Lewis–McChord (JBLM) is a US military installation located near Tacoma, Washington. The facility brings together the United States Army’s Fort Lewis and the United States Air Force’s McChord Air Force Base, which merged on February 1st, 2010. JBLM is a training and mobilization center for all services and is the only Army power projection base west of the Rocky Mountains. Its geographic location provides rapid access to the deep water ports of Tacoma, Olympia, and Seattle for deploying equipment. Units can be deployed from McChord Field, and individuals and small groups can also use nearby Sea-Tac Airport. The strategic location of the base provides Air Force units with the ability to conduct combat and humanitarian airlift with the C-17 Globemaster III.

To protect this mission, the Army Corps of Engineers has rigorous safety requirements to protect all base personnel and contractors. JBLM hired BLUEFIN to perform a safety assessment for fall protection on roofs across the installation as part of its roof asset management program. BLUEFIN visually evaluated each building to identify unprotected hazards, current hazards that are not correctly protected, and buildings that did not have a true fall protection need. BLUEFIN provided detailed specifications and budgets to address all fall protection safety issues.