“The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop” – Mark Twain
Interesting quote from one of the wittiest authors of all time. As I create an outline for my monthly blog, I am reminded that sometimes too much information is truly too much information, particularly when discussing the dynamic topic of roof anchor inspections.
We in the industry are inclined to throw all sorts of codes and standards at our prospective clients, advising how Federal OSHA and ANSI I-14 mandate that the permanently installed fall protection equipment be inspected on an annual basis by a competent person and citing section numbers that quite frankly, I have to look up every time I’m asked.
So, in keeping with the theme I will tell you all what I know and then stop.
I KNOW THAT …
- If you have roof anchors, roof davits or any type of fall protection equipment on your facility that it MUST be inspected on an annual basis.
- This is required by not only ANSI and Federal OSHA but by every major equipment manufacturer.
- Every day across the United States tens of thousands of workers put their lives at risk by performing dangerous tasks either while suspended 40 floors above a busy street or walking a narrow beam or ledge in a bustling factory.
- These workers rely on the equipment they are attached to or suspended by to be in good working order to ensure they get home safely to their families every
- Having this equipment inspected and maintained, annually as a minimum requirement, is the first step in protecting your workers and contractors from harm.
- The cost of an annual inspection cannot be compared to the cost of a human life or to the quality of human life.
- If we had to quantify the cost of an annual inspection against the cost of an OSHA fine or civil litigation that it would not even be 1% of 1%.
- Most folks are not intentionally disregarding having these inspections done.
- By educating our current and prospective clients that we will earn and retain their business for years to come.
- I have the most diverse and experienced team of technicians across North America.
- My in house staff is efficient and dedicated to providing our clients a superior service experience.
- As a client if you are not satisfied with the service you received I will personally make it right.
Lastly, I know that if you call and ask me where it says you have to have your roof anchors inspected that I will have to look it up and send you the link. I also know that I’ll be happy to do it.
As always, contact me direct with any questions, comments or concerns.
Brent La Porte