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worker who wants to carry a hand gun

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Mowerboy04, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 977

    If he's responsible and depending on the guy I would let him. My #1 employee carries when we plow. All hours of the night, pretty predictable schedule, often shoveling along the back of poorly lit buildings...it's a no brainer for me. If I had guys working for me that I was skeptical about, we'll that's a different story. I've had guys that could use a good ass kicking in a back alley.
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  2. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 389

    If you are uncomfortable with it then make a policy no weapons at work, it's that simple. It's a huge liability for you as stated earlier.
     
  3. CLS_Birmingham

    CLS_Birmingham LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    Personally, I carry, but not on site. Its too much of a legal liability to allow it. The chances of him ever needing it are pretty slim, but the chances of a client seeing it and hurting your reputation are greater. Is it really worth it to lose a client just to allow him to carry if insurance will cover your loses anyway?? Your risking too much for something that can easily just be left in his personal vehicle.
     
  4. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 694

    Your company,your policy! I carry all the time ( for the most part). The only time I don't carry is while I'm on school property or state licensed day cares at which time, it is lock up in the truck on the street. I have had a couple of employees that have carried while on the job. For those that do, I spend time with them at the range to watch how they handle and shoot their gun. If I allow them to carry, they understand, that it is only used for personal protection and to never engage someone wanting to steal equipment, unless threatened with bodily injury.
     
  5. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,519

    Let him. I carry daily basically every where I go. As someone else said I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
     
  6. Mowerboy04

    Mowerboy04 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,434

    The guy makes me nervous in the first place... I mean hes a good worker and shows up every day bt some of the things he says and some of his actions makes me fear the day i have to let him go.... Im leaning towards telling him he cant carry at work. Thanks for all the input
     
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,718

    If that's the case i don't blame you.
     
  8. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
    Posts: 162


    Lol, over here a few months ago someone severely wounded a guy with a weedwacker. I don't know how it exactly happened but the guy was waiting at a crossroad, the landscaper stands behind him also waiting and i think something snapped in his head, because all of a sudden he gets out of the truck, pulls the other guy out of his car and starts to argue/fight. All of a sudden, he goes back to his truck and starts his weedwacker, goes back and cuts the other guy's leg off. Needless to say, cops caught him and now his for a long time in jail. Also the guy appeared to be a severe drug addict. What a shame for our industry :S
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  9. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 389

    That's one powerful machine!!! Cut his leg off???
     
  10. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
    Posts: 162

    It had a triangular brushcutter blade on it and it appears that the leg was not completely off but it couldn't be reattached so doctors had to amputate.
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