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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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