Protect Guards’ Lives: Demand Regulation of Armored Car Industry

Target: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Goal: To institute safety regulations for the armored car industry.

Despite employing over 31,000 people in the U.S., the armored car industry is grossly unregulated, leading to many preventable injuries and fatalities. While images of robberies may first come to mind, other major culprits of the injuries are overloaded trucks, making it difficult to operate the vehicle safely, and unrestrained coins, which can hit or crush the back passenger. Combine these two factors with the strict schedule drivers must adhere to–increasing the likelihood of speeding and overloading–and the lack of proper upkeep on the vehicles, and it becomes clear just how necessary regulation of the armored car industry has become.

In 2010, a young man named Ray Wauson, a proud armored car guard for Triple D Security in Texas, was killed on the job. He was not involved in a high-speed chase or shot by a thief; instead, he died because the armored vehicle was overloaded by 7,420 pounds, the load was unrestrained, and the vehicle itself was simply a standard passenger Ford Econoline that had been gutted and armored years ago, with little upkeep. The vehicle’s tires popped under the immense weight, causing the car to flip numerous times. The boxes of cash and coins crashed down onto Wauson, who was riding in the back, until he and the cargo spilled out onto the pavement. Wauson was declared dead at the scene.

Ray Wauson’s untimely death is just one of the many fatalities that could have been prevented by implementing effective regulation of the armored vehicle industry. The guards and employees already risk their safety transporting large amounts of currency. They should not be forced to further jeopardize their lives because of an overloaded car or coins flying around the cabin. Sign the petition below to tell the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to finally take action by implementing rigorous standards for armored vehicle safety, frequent inspection of armored vehicles and facilities, and enforcing strict rules for restraining cargo.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Occupational Safety and Health Administration,

Your administration’s lack of regulation of the armored car industry has resulted in the deaths and injuries of countless employees. Over 31,000 people are employed by the armored car industry, yet you have failed to institute any sort of standards to ensure the safety of the men and women who play a key role in the United States economy by transporting our money. Being an armored car guard is already a risky endeavor. Indeed, it is dangerous enough to warrant that the guards carry firearms. But these people should not be subjected to bodily harm or death because of flying coins, overloaded vehicles, or poorly maintained trucks.

When it comes to regulating this industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has repeatedly attempted to ‘pass the buck’ by sending complaints elsewhere or failing to follow through with investigations. If OSHA does not take action, who will?

We insist that you finally institute regulations of the armored car industry by imposing measurable standards with the foremost goal of keeping employees safe. Armored vehicles should be routinely examined by outside inspectors for safety and weight-bearing ability. It should be illegal to operate an overloaded armored vehicle. All cargo must be properly restrained so that it imposes no danger during a possible crash. If companies do not meet these standards, they should face major monetary fines and shutdown of business if necessary.

Thousands of armored car employees and their families have been counting on the OSHA. Step up and take responsibility for the protection of armored car guards now.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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