Officer Discovers Hidden Fire Hazard

Branch 986, Jenkintown, PA

To ensure the most safe and secure environments, our Security Officers must rely on all of their senses to detect safety threats and mitigate risk when they are on duty. A key component of all our training modules deals with situational awareness and identifies potential threats.

“Unidentified, this electrical hazard could have resulted in a fire that cost the client thousands in damages and repairs and injury to their employees and visitors.”

For Andy Ramos, of the Jenkintown, PA branch, the training paid off when he smelled something burning while helping with a facility audit where he is assigned. Ramos notified the client, then followed the burning scent to where the electronic pallet jacks are positioned in a corner of the warehouse. He eventually found one that had been short-circuiting. The plug for that particular pallet jack had been torn away from the machine and the positive and negative wires were touching, causing the charging unit to heat up and begin smoking. Ramos reported this to the facility management and cordoned off the area until the client’s mechanical staff and management could assess the situation. Once the power was shut down, they were able to remove the damaged pallet jack to safely take it for repairs.

Upon investigation, it was determined that the power cord had become frayed from someone driving the pallet jack away without unplugging it. Unidentified, this electrical hazard could have resulted in a fire that cost the client thousands in damages and repairs and injury to their employees and visitors. Ramos earned a Safety Star Award for his heads-up response.

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