Fire in the night
By Ashleigh Petersen Angela Cady, AIC
Print

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

Ashleigh PetersenAshleigh Petersen

Ashleigh Petersen is the associate editor 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.

Other articles by Ashleigh Petersen
Contact author

Contact author

x

Don’t miss the latest news from the equipment and event rental industry. Click here to subscribe to Rental Pulse and Rental Management magazine.


 

An official publication of the American Rental Association.
Produced by Rental Management. Copyright © 2021 Rental Management all rights reserved

Must Reads

  • All
  • Business management
  • The ARA Show
  • Government affairs
  • COVID-19 management
  • Tech talk
  • Cover story
  • Equipment rental
  • Event rental
  • Tips and advice
  • ARA Foundation
  • Association news
  • Safety
More
    Previous Next

     

    Magazine

    Subscribe

     

    Want to stay up to date on the latest news and trends in the equipment and event rental industry?

    Get your own FREE subscription to Rental Management magazine.

    Subscribe




    Our Sponsors