This column uses fictitious case histories to introduce
important loss-control principles. The details for these case
histories are not meant to represent any particular occurrence. Any
similarities to living people or actual events are purely
The spring roofing season was slow at Blue Jay Roofing because
winter had been unusually warm allowing the company to work
steadily through it. As a result, the company had little backlog
heading into spring and faced fierce competition from other roofing
Blue Jay Roofing finally won a large reroofing job at a local
shopping mall. It was a tear-off project, and Bill, a Blue Jay
Roofing foreman, knew it would occupy him and his crew until
summer. John, Blue Jay Roofing's owner, and Larry, a
superintendent, also were pleased about the job.
A few days before the project was to begin, John, Larry and Bill
met to review the project and discuss strategy. John told his
employees this would be a high-profile job and the company's first
with the mall owner. John knew the owner had more roofing projects
planned, and he wanted to be in a position to...
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