Ameristar Receives SAFETY Act Certification from DHS
Ameristar Fence Products announced recently that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has Designated and Certified the company’s Impasse High Security Pale Fence and Stalwart Anti-Ram Pas¬sive Cable Barrier systems under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology Act of 2002 (the SAFETY Act).
The certification places Ameristar’s Impasse palisade fencing and their Stalwart family of anti-ram cabled barriers on the “Approved Product list for Homeland Security.”
Certification is the highest level of liability protection available under the SAFETY Act.
After an extensive review of its Impasse and Stalwart product lines, Ameristar has been granted coverage under the federal law known as the “Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology Act” (the “SAFETY Act”). This rep¬resents the first and only such Designation and Certification for a high security fence and passive vehicle barrier manufac¬turer.
The lawsuit protections that SAFETY Act coverage affords will result in significantly lower liability exposure for Ameris¬tar and its customers should a future act of terrorism occur.
This is a tremendous benefit to Ameristar, contractors that install the products, security integrators, architects and engineers that specify the products, and the end use customers that use the qualified physical security products on their facilities since they will also benefit from the liability protection afforded by the act.
The SAFETY Act essentially eliminates liability that could arise out of a terrorist attack for sellers whose anti-terror products have been reviewed and approved by the DHS in America’s fight against terrorism. Most important, these lawsuit protections extend to Ameristar’s customers should a future act of terrorism occur and lawsuits follow alleging that Ameri¬star’s physical security products failed to prevent the terrorism.
Should this happen, Ameristar’s customers’ liability would be strictly limited, if not nonexistent, in most cases because they purchased Ameristar’s SAFETY Act approved services.
This may also create an opportunity for Ameristar’s customers to recognize lower insurance premiums given the elimination of risk of lawsuits should an act of terrorism occur.
“We are extremely excited and very proud of this significant achievement because of the fact that our products are now formally recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as proven to be effective in the fight against terror¬ism,” said Chris L. Herold, market manger and author of Ameristar’s SAFETY Act application.