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Posted on August 15, 2012

Installers and Inspectors: More Aligned Than You Think?

A lot of people talk about “the inspector coming” like it’s a bad thing. This might stem from the fact that many people think contractors (in any industry) just want to get the job done, and the inspector is there to make everyone’s life difficult. But according to a recent large-scale research project, it turns out that the goals of most contractors and inspectors are pretty well aligned!

According to the study, the top five critical jobs determined by inspectors were:

  • Recognizing a hazardous condition in the field
  • Getting the right answer to an unexpected situation in the field
  • Understanding the codes and how they apply in the field
  • Understanding how the code changes as it evolves
  • Improving knowledge and job performance

Interestingly, the top five jobs for contractors surveyed were:

  1. Working with inspectors who understand the codes
  2. Working with inspectors who keep up-to-date with code changes
  3. Understanding the code when installing a system
  4. Understanding how the code changes as it evolves
  5. Understanding the codes and how they apply in the field

The fact that the two lists are so closely aligned speaks volumes about how inspectors and contractors perceive their jobs. For inspectors, having broad, accurate knowledge is the most important thing in the world, which makes sense – they are the last line of defense against damage from improperly installed projects. Contractors recognize the need for thorough knowledge as well, as a properly performed job is another safety in case the inspector’s job was incomplete.

Another interesting point to come out of this study is the idea that industry codes, especially in the fire protection industry, provide guidance on the theory of a job. The emphasis for both inspectors and contractors is to have an understanding how code applies to the real world situation. Further, mastering the changes to code is a priority — it is too easy to assume that what you’ve always done is still the right way to do it.

At Kauffman Co., we firmly subscribe to the belief that proper installation, inspection and repair jobs are paramount to having a safely operating fire protection system. Our technicians are well versed in all NFPA codes and are fully trained in the latest inspection, installation and repair techniques. So no matter what fire protection services you need  for your Houston home or business, call Kauffman Co. today!

We provide estimates for new and replacement fire protection systems throughout Texas (TX) in:

  • Alvin
  • Angleton
  • Austin
  • Baytown
  • Beaumont
  • Bellaire
  • Clute
  • Conroe
  • Deer Park
  • Dickinson
  • Freeport
  • Friendswood
  • Galena Park
  • Galveston
  • Houston
  • Humble
  • Huntsville
  • Jacinto City
  • Katy
  • La Marque
  • La Porte
  • Lake Charles, LA
  • Lake Jackson
  • League City
  • Missouri City
  • Orange
  • Pasadena
  • Pearland
  • Port Arthur
  • Richmond
  • Rosenberg
  • San Antonio
  • Schulenburg
  • South Houston
  • Stafford
  • Sugar Land
  • Texas City
  • The Woodlands
  • Victoria
  • Waco
For more information, contact us online or call us now at (713) 893-1090.
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