These are trying times. When you provide a service that is of quality and put your pride into your work, it is disheartening when things change in the accounting/purchasing dept.
When you provide crane inspections and training for a company for many years and then the person who normally sets up the inspections is relived of their authority, you get people who just look at the numbers.
IE, the lowest bid is what gets the award for the mobile crane inspections. What does that give you?????
A company that farms out the inspections because they do not do it or do not know how to do it and the company inspection sticker reflects it in the inspection. The sticker on the crane is not from the company who was awarded the contract without it going to bid. What does that tell you about the people who make the decisions???
Problem is when a Crane Training Instructor shows up to provide the training using the cranes that he used to inspect and they are not inspected correctly and not functioning we have a problem. When the wire rope, the drum hydraulic system is leaking, the crane has multiple items that do not meet the OSHA requirements, I do wonder if that company knows what they are inspecting??? I know this company well as I did their dog and pony show in Augusta, GA for customers with a 3 hour rigging class. They are a rigging company, not a crane inspection company. Be careful what you contract out and who you contract out.
You get what you pay for and it would not bother me and I would not take the time while sitting in a hotel room after working hours typing this up, but this is a company that I have been servicing for over 8 years, inspections and training.
I take it personal when you are treating your employees safety based on a dollar versus good service, inspections and training.
I have posted a picture of the hoist wire rope and the inspection sticker of this company but keep in mind this is not the company that was awarded the contract. I know these companies and am concerned for the safety of the employees.
So when your in charge of awarding the contract to a company do not just choose the lowest bid, do your homework and make sure you have a respected company who provides the inspections and services.
We are not saying this company can or can not do the work, what we are saying is that the company that was awarded the inspections are a different company from the supposed Charleston location but yet you see this inspection sticker on the crane.
Do your homework people.