Job stated to use an office space hea...

Job stated to use an office space heater in my car?

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Uniontown, PA

#1 Jan 25, 2014

I have a major concern regarding my working conditions. I don't feel comfortable at all doing what is directed of me.

Now, I will say that in the spring/summer months, this isn't even an issue obviously, but during the winter season, that's where this issue comes into affect.

I work for a security company that requires I sit in my car during my shifts. Because I'm not reimbursed for using my own fuel and causing wear and tear on my own vehicle (running my car 7 hours a night, 5 days a week), I was told (from my direct supervisor, my supervisor's boss and the client manager) that I, in order to keep warm and not use my own fuel during the winter season, to use an office space heater in my car.

This is where things take a turn for the crazy: In addition to using an office space-heater, I was given an extension-cord to run from the space heater in my car to the diesel powered (light-plant) generator, plug it in and fire it up, using the fuel from that to power the space-heater.

When I go out on my foot patrols, and in order to keep my car somewhat warm and warm for me when I return, I leave it running and that scares me, there is a potential for a fire.

I'm told to do this or I'll be "written up" or use my own fuel :-/. I'm near positive this is breaking so many OSHA regulations but can't be 100% on that. If anyone has any suggestions on documents to show my employer/client, or how to get hold of OSHA about this, please inform me.

Thanks in advance.

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