Posted By WILLIS on 20 Feb 2011 06:31 PM
3. Ropes Course that is for 25 yr old kids who work for Allstate or Snake Farm who believe they could never fall and brag they can walk right up a 12/12 pitch. Good luck with that. Personally, I do not want anyone on my roof if they need to use a harness, why, first it causes damages, second, if or when they fall I do not want to be sued. I have adjusted claims for over 37 years and never used a rope or harness to inspect a roof. I wear a good pair of Cougar Paws coupled with solid, common sense.
Ignorance for the purpose of personal practice is unhealthy, but when cast out in a statement such as this one it is nothing short of irresponsible.
Many of you folks out there know me and are aware of the fact that I am about getting to the truth, so walk with me if you will as I disect this statement piece by piece to determine the overall validity of its context:
1) A "Ropes Course" / Challenge Course / Team Course is a collection of both high and low elements designed to produce many effects (i.e. group cohesion, self confidence, enhanced communication...) unfortunately Personal Fall Arrest System assisted roof inspection is not one of them.
2) PFAS assisted roof inspection is a means of managing personal risk and is not just for the young adjuster, in all reality, it is for everybody, especially those of us who have long ago lost the type of mobillity, sence of balance and strength posessed by most 25 year old humans.
3) Allstate does not train their staff or encourage their Independent partner (Pilot) towards any form of R&H / PFAS training as they use a program known as "Ladder Assist" which amounts to specific rfg companies who assess steep roof damage for the carrier that in fact allows the carrier to sidestep the issue of employee risk on a steep roof all together.
For those of you at home who are counting, that is three (3) errors in the first thirteen words of WILLIS's statement.
4) State Farm / "Snake Farm" (I assume) requires all of their staff adjusters (with a few exceptions) to outsource all of their steep roofs to their Independent partners (Eberl, Worley, Pilot & E.A. Renfroe) this is how they sidestep the issue of employee risk.
Looks like we are at four for fifteen.
5) Harnesses do not cause damage. PFAS assisted roof inspection damage is caused by careless or simply poorly trained adjusters who do not practice proven techniques for avoiding such from happening.
6) OSHA maintains a record of work related injuries (DOL requires employers by law to report injuries and fatalities in the format of a "Narritive") and there are a grand total of zero (0), narritives that exist of any fall related injury that stems from any person who is complying with all Fall Arrest standards as they are listed by the Dept. of Labor for the Construction Industry. This is in a nutshell why it is in fact "The Standard."
7) Any person who has inspected claims for 37 years w/o possesing a PFAS kit and the understanding of how to use it is either giving all of these assignments back to the carrier, making poor decisions based on an incomplete investigation of the extent of damages to the risk, or taking on an unacceptable level of personal risk. My guess would be a large coctail of all three.
Let's think about it folks, the Ins. Carriers are not scrambling in this day in age to outsource all of their steep, high and scary roof inspections because they want to be nice guys and help all of us independents out during a poor economy. They are outsourcing these claims because they have felt the sting of liabillity and want it to stop by passing the risk along to us.
This in Fact is the bad news however, the good news is that significant breakthroughs have been made in the arena of PFAS assisted roof inspection (i.e. line positioning tools, belay devices and pivot lines). Enroll in an ACRABAT (Assoc. for Certified Rope Accessed Bld. Assessment Technicians) program today and see for yourself just how valuable this information is to your bottom line.