While Vitaquest is an industry leader in workplace safety, we strive for continual improvement when it comes to the safety of staff, customers and everyone who visits any of our facilities. Dan Franzen, Senior Manager of Environmental Health & Safety, and Security Manager, Dan Gorman, recently worked together to take a step in upgrading building security by acquiring a new Safety & Security vehicle.
“Security serves as an integral part in supporting overall safety at Vitaquest. With the Safety & Security truck, we will be able to effectively demonstrate to anyone who is at the facility that there is a strong security presence on site, ready to aid whenever needed,” says Franzen.
The security vehicle will make rounds at Vitaquest’s three facilities throughout the day to detect and respond to any potential hazards or safety issues that might arise. Franzen notes that one of the Vitaquest buildings is located near a flood zone, and sometimes drains are blocked by overgrown grass. In those situations, security can catch that and address it before that water buildup potentially turns to ice and leads to people slipping and falling.
The new vehicle is equipped with a first aid bag and AED unit to help when there are medical issues. A jumper cable bag is on hand to help employees and visitors whose cars won’t start, and a full-size, amber-colored police light bar dons the top of the truck.
“Day to day, with a company of over 800 employees, you never know what to expect, so we use the Safety & Security truck to respond. The police light ensures the safety of people along the route, and that there are no issues for the driver. The lights provide a clear warning that an emergency vehicle is approaching. They also provide a valuable service during times of construction, giving additional warning,” says Gorman.
Safety is always top of mind for Dan Gorman and his team. Vitaquest hosts multiple functions on the grounds of its facilities, including company barbecues and picnics, and they will put the Safety & Security truck to good use during those events.
With this upgrade, Vitaquest happily donated their previous vehicle to a local charity in Morris County, New Jersey, an organization that provides educational and social services to families and individuals in the local area. The new truck fits in well with the company’s goal to be a best-in-class organization for safety by enhancing the overall security at Vitaquest.