Erector Tripping Points – Part 2: Documentation and Tools

Welcome back to Part 2 of our series on Erector Tripping Points. In Part 1, we discussed the codes and criteria erectors should be familiar with to find inspection success. In this blog, we’ll discuss methods to document inspection, as well as the use of inspection tools.

The way final inspection is documented is individual to the erector and what works for the business. The most important thing is that the method is replicable and consistent. You may choose to use something as simple as inspection notes with a sign off on drawings. Or, you may choose to use a separate inspection log, checklist, or report. Either of these methods is functional, however before committing to one, you should be sure it meets the required acceptance criteria. As mentioned in our previous post, AISC Chapter N will help you with this.

Another area to consider is the knowledge of your team when it comes to using inspection tools. If your inspectors are not familiar with how to use welding gages, you’ll want to provide some training for them, to ensure you’re getting a thorough inspection. GAL Gage has a great YouTube channel that provides quick information on using welding gages. While this shouldn’t be your only method of training, it’s a good place to start. You may also consider training your team in bolt tightening methods. As always, make sure this training is documented!

If you’d like more information on common stumbling blocks for erectors, please let us know. We’re always happy to help!