Champion Roofing Co. was a small, young, thriving roofing
contracting company. Its employees were dedicated, and Jack, the
company's owner, was determined to ensure his workers' safety on
job sites. He was proud of his company's record of no serious
accidents or injuries.
One morning, Jack asked Robert, a Champion Roofing employee, to
drive a pickup truck across town and pick up two pallets containing
about 1,600 pounds (726 kg) of single-ply adhesive from a supplier.
Jack knew Robert was a good driver with a valid driver's license.
Because the adhesive Robert was going to transport was considered a
hazardous material, Robert and Jack checked the truck to make sure
the proper hazardous-material placards were in place. After they
completed their check, Robert eased into traffic and headed to pick
up the materials.
A short time later, Robert arrived at the supplier's warehouse
where the materials were waiting. Once the pallets were loaded onto
the back of the pickup truck, Robert took the shipping papers and
headed back to the job site.
On the way, rain began to fall and traffic slowed. Suddenly, the
car ahead of Robert came to an abrupt stop. He reacted quickly, but
his truck still bumped into the car. Robert got out of the truck as
the other driver got out of his vehicle. The driver was angry, and
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