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      SIA Releases Statement on PI Equipment

      Posted by facadeaccess on Apr 21, 2011 9:52:43 AM


      Contact: Laurie Weber, Executive Director

      Scaffold Industry Association

      (816) 595.4860

      SIA Releases Statement on
      PI Equipment

      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 recommended standards
      causes 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


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