Problem Solving Forum
February 26 - March 2, 2018
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using mechanical equipment inspectors or welding inspectors, instead of certified coating inspectors, to perform coating inspection duties?
Michael Halliwell of Thurber Engineering Ltd. on
February 26, 2018:
Just because someone works on the same job sites, ...read more Just because someone works on the same job sites, doesn't mean they are qualified to inspect something outside of their scope of practice. Using the guy already on site might save money in the short term, but if something goes wrong, the potential nightmares and complications it could add to warranty or legal proceedings isn't worth it. After all, if a 20- year coating fails in 2 years, the manufacturer is going to fight paying for the repair saying the inspector didn't know what to look for and that the substrate wasn't prepared properly or the coating wasn't applied correctly. The legal fees alone would end up being orders of magnitude above what the certified inspector would have cost.