View Larger Image WW: Deadlocking Latch Tim Kaye of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies sent me this photo of a required egress door in a school, which truly left me wordless. 🙁 You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content. By Lori Greene|2013-08-01T15:24:10-04:00July 31st, 2013|Means of Egress, Panic Hardware, Wordless Wednesday|13 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsAppTumblrPinterestEmail About the Author: Lori Greene Related Posts 13 Comments curtis July 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm - Reply very creative christopher Freeman July 31, 2013 at 12:43 pm - Reply this really makes me wonder , budget , easy , or just not skilled or trained in current law or I have seen this in rural areas wont find this in city s or populated areas when I did a job walk years ago and notified maintenance or supervisory personnel of life safety incidents like this , I was told , they were self insured and would take care of this in house . At later day found nothing happened. just have to wonder . Cda July 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm - Reply Is it a UL listed lock?? Necessity is the mother of invention Jerry Richmond, AHC/CDC July 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm - Reply Here’s a case where someone needs to be arrested! Gerald Austin July 31, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply Let me illustrate what I think should happen to a building owner, operator or tenant who does things like this. A number of years ago, the principal of a school decided he had had enough of the fire codes and visits from the fire marshal. During the latest visit, he had been asked to remove storage of combustible supplies stored within a required stair enclosure. He told the fire official he was not going to do that. The fire official gave him a reasonable deadline after which a re-inspection would occur. Upon re-inspection, the storage was untouched and when the fire official approached the principal he flatly refused the order. About 30 minutes later, two armed policemen and a deputy state attorney arrive at the school, handcuffed the principal and took him down town to central booking. He was arrested and taken to a cell. A call was made to the superintendent of the school district. By this time a hearing had been held and a bond set. The superintendent was firmly instructed to come down town and post the bond. That was over 30 years ago and I dare say my spies in the Fire Department always reaffirm that they have had the best of responses from the schools since, even with the passage of time. Call me old fashioned but I think failure to follow common sense codes and requirements, most of which arise from the school of hard knocks with incidents that have caused injury and death should result in consequences and not consequences by way of injury or death to the innocent. A second lesson would be that fire authorities who are enforcing codes such as combustible storage in stair enclosures, fire and smoke separation doors and walls do that with might and right on their side – mess with them at your peril. David R. DeFilippo July 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply Hope they at least take the padlock off during school hours! Keith K July 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm - Reply Good grief. KENT July 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm - Reply The director of maintenance and the person responsible for padlocking this exit device should go to jail. Actions like this kill people and to think this is in a school! Where are the responsible people???? Rich July 31, 2013 at 6:26 pm - Reply We have to stop drinking at work. I suppose the kids are running sewing machines during their school breaks. Ryan July 31, 2013 at 6:51 pm - Reply Thank you for posting that picture, someday while on a service call I might see a panic bar latch with a 1/4 inch hole in the latch and I would never have figured out why that hole existed. Maybe that function will start showing up in catalogs. Sam Maglitto July 31, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply Obviously to the school their security is worth more than the lives of their Students and staff…Very Sad !!!! Safecrackin Sammy August 1, 2013 at 10:02 am - Reply Scary… This should be a criminal act… And to think somebody took the time to drill that hole in the latch versus finding a safer solution. Robert August 1, 2013 at 11:45 am - Reply This is a far to common picture as I have been called to fly into a school to inspect reports of lets say problems like this (yes during school hours). I have to say this is common in the schools on the edge of country. This is where we will have issues as fire inspectors have trouble going the far out of the way schools. I have to say this is first with this type padlock as its common to use long shackle padlock. Thanks for sharing. Sad but more along the line of really sad for the lives it could effect. Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Don't subscribe All Replies to my comments Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.