Being our Brother’s keeper

Gentlemen,

 

I’m writing this to share a recent experience that happened a couple of weeks ago.

 

It was a little past my normal quitting time and I was in a hurry to get back to the room, where my wife was preparing a feast (our daily routine supper)(but nonetheless a warm meal).   I had been waiting for the rain to let up so I could go without getting soaked on my way to my truck, More importantly without getting my laptop soaked…

As I approached my truck and reached for the door, I suddenly smelled an odor that made me stop in my tracks. The smell was so strong that my eyes began to water and my nose burned.   Under ordinary circumstances I might have gone on, but as I considered the danger that might have otherwise gone undetected, I realized I had no choice than to report the leaking gasoline from the car next to my own…

I might have simply ignored the issue and went on about my business, and never gave it another thought. But I thought about my own wife and How I might have felt had something gone wrong and there had been someone that could have prevented it.  I knew what I had to do…. I placed my lunch box in front of the vehicle so that I might delay the owner from leaving for just a few minutes while I contacted Safety and security.

 

The onsite safety representative was great, he called security and accompanied me to the car where we investigated the fuel leak.  Fuel was leaking in a steady stream from the fuel tank onto the ground… Needless to say any situation where a flammable product gets on the ground there is an immediate safety and environmental situation. But how about the owner of the vehicle?  My thoughts (I have to admit) were more concerned with the safety of the individual that would otherwise be driving a fire hazard right into their home garage…

 

In any case, I stayed with the vehicle until the owner could be located… The situation was handled between the plant and the owner of the car.

 

Several days went by and there was no word or other mention of the incident, and quite honestly I had forgotten about it…

I was visited in my office by one of the office ladies husband that also works here. He expressed his gratitude and said that it was because of someone taking the initiative to stop and wave the flag that his home and very possibly their lives were saved… Their home has an attached garage, and inside the garage they have a gas fired water heater that would have certainly ignited the fuel… It seems that his wife had been driving the car and had recently fueled up the car when it began to leak. The fuel tank had been damaged by debris in the roadway and had gone undetected until the next fill-up.  He was able to have the car towed and repaired.

 

I can’t help thinking about what I’d like someone else to do if they discovered a situation on my wife’s or my own vehicle or that of a good friend…  We might not be our Brother’s keeper, but we can and should look out for one another…  It takes so little effort to help others… Safety is a group thing… It effects us all…

 

Thanks for taking the time to read

Pat Murray

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