TO HELP FAMILIES and local lodges in the United States cope with a catastrophic event resulting in death or major injuries, the Brotherhood has established a relationship with the law firm of Becker, Schroader & Chapman.
This firm maintains a special emergency response team (SERT) to investigate such events, preserve evidence, and advise families and lodges on legal matters. There is no charge to families or lodges for these services.
Whether an injury or fatality is caused by defective equipment, a momentary mental lapse, poor job site safety practices, or outright negligence, the fact is that incidents are preventable. Someone or something did not perform as intended. With the right training, the right policies and practices, and the right mindset by workers and employers, accidents need not happen.
However, should a catastrophic event occur, local lodges are encouraged to notify their International rep and contact SERT at 888-717-SERT (888-717-7378) as soon as possible — before evidence can be removed or becomes degraded.
Additional information about SERT is available through Mark Garrett, Director of Health & Safety Services, (225) 276-6796.