The words “safety champion” do not appear anywhere in OSHA’s rules and regulations. But don’t underestimate the enormous impact they have on our safety culture. Safety champions – those who embody our number one priority of safety – can be the difference between life and death. And thanks to Jacob Hanson, HVAC Mechanic, being aware of his surroundings he prevented a catastrophic event.
Jacob was sitting in his work vehicle during lunch and heard someone yell, “smoke!” He looked around and saw heavy black smoke and flames at the edge of the roof, next to where structural steel welders were working. Jacob immediately exited his vehicle and ran towards the building, climbing the stairs to notify the GC’s superintendent of the emergency. He continued up the stairs, grabbed the fire extinguisher, and without hesitation, effectively utilized the P.A.S.S. (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep) method to put out the fire.
Without Jacob’s alertness and quick action, the situation could have been catastrophic. Jacob clearly has the courage to care and his actions warranted the title of Safety Champion!