Work injuries are a fact of work. They’re mostly avoidable and work is generally injury free, but there come times that danger rears its ugly head and causes trouble. One study shows that it’s employees in their first month of working at a new job who are three times more prone to injuries than others. That said, some jobs are a bit more dangerous than others. Like the FBI, for instance.
Safety jackets for work take on a whole different form when emblazoned with the letters FBI. Such was the case when an FBI team was tasked with clearing a property in Oregon. Typically, you don’t need the FBI to clear a foreclosed property that’s being repossessed, but in this case, they proved essential.
Oregon resident Gregory Rodvelt was the former homeowner that called for an FBI sweep. When his property was repossessed, authorities suspected it might be dangerous. In the past, he had been charged with illegal possession of explosives and, if that’s not enough, the property had a posted sign that warned of improvised explosive devices.
Naturally, the judge who ordered the property to be repossessed urged caution. And rightly so.
The FBI team found several different booby traps outside the house, some utilizing steel animal traps, while another took the form a trap that would discharge a shotgun shell. Most of them were avoided and disarmed by the FBI team, but when they entered the house, another shotgun shell was discharged, hitting an agent in the leg. Most types of safety clothing won’t stop a shotgun shell at point blank range and this was no exception. The agent was injured but is fine now.
Rodvelt, however, was apprehended in Arizona and is being charged with the assault of a federal officer. He later confessed and gave details on how he set up the traps, even talking about the house saying, “I would not race right in.”
When you’re getting ready and dreading safety jackets for work or any other type of safety workwear, reflect on the FBI sweep of Rodvelt’s booby-trapped house. Suddenly, wearing high visibility construction clothing won’t seem quite as much of a burden.