Fire in the night
By Ashleigh Petersen Angela Cady, AIC

Fire in the night

One evening, a passerby noticed flames visible at an empty job site. She quickly called the fire department, which showed up in short order. The fire department was able to get the fire under control, but multiple pieces of equipment were damaged prior to their arrival.

The job-site owner reported the claim to their insurance carrier, which proceeded to investigate the cause of the fire. One of the pieces of equipment, an air compressor, was rented from a local rental store. The job-site owner’s insurance carrier suspected the fire started with the compressor and spread to the rest of the site. They put the rental store on notice.

The rental store owner immediately reported a claim to his own insurance company. The matter is still under investigation. The assigned claims adjuster will review the fire department report and assign an expert to inspect the unit. The adjuster also will secure the pre- and post-rental inspection documentation, maintenance records and the signed rental contract from the insured to help support the investigation.

Remind your employees to document pre- and post-rental inspections and maintenance thoroughly. One never knows what issues may arise or when they will come in handy.

Ashleigh Petersen

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Ashleigh Petersen is the digital communications manager for Rental Management. She writes news and feature articles, plus coordinates the monthly Safety Issue and several sections in the magazine. Ashleigh loves spending time with her husband and young son, baking, gardening and listening to true crime and comedy podcasts.

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