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4/15/2011 - SIA Releases Statement on PI Equipment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laurie Weber, Executive Director
Scaffold Industry Association
laurie@scaffold.org (816) 595.4860


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 15, 2011)—The Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) has issued a statement on the industry consensus and appropriate testing procedures of permanently installed building maintenance and façade maintenance system components.  

“To ensure user safety on this equipment, testing must be no more than two times the rated load, or refer to the manufacturers’ recommendations. Load testing in excess of these recommendedstandards cause safety and risk concerns. Building owners must recognize that testing above the recommended loads creates additional structural impact which may not be observed by the inspector. The safety and financial implications of this damage, the replacement of the equipment and repair to structures are very serious,” Laurie Weber, SIA executive director, said.

The statement was developed by the SIA’s Permanent Installation Council. The council’s mission is to improve the knowledge of all those involved with the design, construction, use, inspection, maintenance and service of permanently installed suspended scaffolding.

To read the statement, visit the SIA website at www.scaffold.org/userfiles/file/Website%20statement.pdf.

About the SIA
The Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) is a non-profit trade 501(c)(6) association committed to raising the standards of professionalism within the scaffold and access industry. The SIA represents all facets of the scaffold & access industry through various councils that include, aerial work platform, construction hoist, fall protection equipment, international, industrial, mast climbing, plank and platform, supported scaffold and suspended scaffold. Through its various programs, the SIA promotes safety, training and a highly professional, responsible image of the scaffold and access professional. The SIA delivers hundreds of safety training programs a year at various locations throughout the world. These programs cover all aspects of scaffold and access safety and equipment use. The SIA is also the secretariat for the American National Standard, SIA ASC A92 standards. For more information, call (816) 595.4860 or visit them at www.scaffold.org.

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