Bellamy Roofing Co. had been in business for more than four
decades and served a wide variety of customers. Steve, owner of
Bellamy Roofing, took great care to ensure his employees worked
safely and participated in required regular safety training. Steve
was proud of his company's safety record; since he had become
president, there had been no serious injuries among his employees.
He intended to keep it that way.
One day, a Bellamy Roofing crew was reroofing a school. It was
late summer, and the building was empty. Several members of the
crew were operating torches during roof system application. As they
had been taught, they did not expose combustible surfaces to torch
flames. When the work was completed, the foreman conducted a fire
watch and patrolled the roof for two hours to ensure there was no
fire. At the end of his watch, satisfied that conditions on the
roof were safe, the foreman left the job site.
An hour later, a fire started on a corner of the roof. A
passerby on the sidewalk noticed smoke on the roof and dialed 911
on his cell phone. The fire department arrived shortly after and
was able to extinguish the fire before it spread out of
Meanwhile, at the Bellamy Roofing yard, Steve climbed into his
sport utility vehicle (SUV) and headed home. As he drove, he turned
on the radio. There was a breaking news story about a fire at a
school, and as Steve listened, he recognized the job site as one of
his. He raced to the job site and arrived just as television news
crews were climbing out of their vans. As soon as the reporters saw
the Bellamy Roofing logo on the side of Steve's SUV, they
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