View Larger Image WW: Just No Yes, this pair is in a school. #wordless You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content. By Lori Greene|2020-01-21T10:56:50-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Panic Hardware, School Security, Wordless Wednesday|12 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsAppTumblrPinterestEmail About the Author: Lori Greene Related PostsDecoded: Why Barricade Devices? (May 2019)Locksmith Ledger: Codes Matter – For the Safety of Building Occupants, AND Your Bottom LineSchool Security - CompartmentalizationWhere is Panic Hardware Required by Code? (video) Recent Posts 12 Comments Paul DeBaggis January 22, 2020 at 3:21 pm - Reply If you see it, you own it. (For all fire, safety, and building inspectors). If I see that, I DO NOT LEAVE THE BUILDING UNTIL A PAIR OF BOLTCUTTERS HAS CUT AND REMOVED THESE ILLEGAL LOCKS. Reason: You leave and something happens immediately afterward. YOU AND YOUR MUNICIPALITY ARE FULLY LIABLE!!! Paul DeBaggis, CBO Paul Giacalone January 22, 2020 at 3:28 pm - Reply That is crazy stupid. I worked for a school district for 7 years. Never ever would this happen at my schools. Bryce King January 22, 2020 at 3:30 pm - Reply Nice Schlage Pad Locks Jim Elder January 22, 2020 at 3:31 pm - Reply Words cannot describe this….. It would appear that the door is also rated, thus de-listing the panic devices no? Lori Greene January 23, 2020 at 1:20 am - Reply Sure looks like it! – Lori Kevin January 22, 2020 at 5:18 pm - Reply UNBELIEVABLE!!! Thomas Vinck January 22, 2020 at 6:57 pm - Reply Actually, I have seen worse! When I was working in Oklahoma in the mid-80’s I ran across a school district maintenance guy who figured out how to reverse the dogging mechanism of a 33 series rim device. He created an even more dangerous situation than when they had cross bar devices with chains and padlocks. YIKES Lori Greene January 23, 2020 at 1:17 am - Reply Double YIKES! – Lori David Federico January 22, 2020 at 11:03 pm - Reply Where are the authorities? This can’t be ..in a school of all places..say it ain’t so …. Somebody gonna get a hurting Krystina January 24, 2020 at 1:21 pm - Reply Is there any follow up of what the current situation is now? I’m under the assumption the person who took this picture also reported it to the AHJ and/or made them take the locks of. There is absolutely no excuse for that! My only hope is that the exit sign was supposed to be taken down due to an unseen renovation on a different floor causing this to no longer be a viable exit. Lori Greene January 26, 2020 at 12:09 pm - Reply Hi Krystina – I know it has been reported but I don’t know what happened after that. If I find out, I will let you know! – Lori LarryG January 27, 2020 at 9:33 am - Reply Removing the padlocks simply isn’t enough action by a responsible AHJ. The padlocks could easily be replaced after the inspector leaves. Any type of unapproved “field modification” should void the rating and require replacement of as much of the assembly or assemblies as may be necessary to restore code compliance or rating requirements. Pictures like this on the internet can be a double-edged sword. They may help spread awareness as well as help identify and remove similar “field modifications” but they can also just as easily be spread among the “good ‘ole boy” network that continues to think it is perfectly acceptable for them to do pretty much anything they can dream up to Life Safety hardware. Part of the challenge with making future Life Safety products “idiot-proof” rests with the design professionals of hardware manufacturers to learn from negative experience like this in order to create safer products that can not be easily circumvented. In the past hardware manufacturers have expended huge amounts of effort trying to thwart unwanted access into buildings. Meanwhile egress has pretty much been taken for granted with the assumption that only “good guys” were already inside the building. Clearly much more work needs to be done to create safer egress products. Perhaps product circumvention, as a point of failure, should be elevated in the decision-making process by the national testing and rating laboratories. Despite the scale of potential harm to innocent persons the “criminality” of those who willfully impede egress has never been valued by the US legal system anywhere even close to someone who is simply breaking into a building. If people are truly valued as being more important than property everyone who works in the Life Safety industry should demand change for how those who impede egress are held accountable. 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.