Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Play by the Rules

I have a problem with the B31.3 code. It seems to be costing us getting jobs.
Recently, we were going to do some copper brazing for a regular customer.
When we made them aware of the requirements for pressure testing, they backed out. They didn't want to "go thru all that". This is not the first time this sort of thing has happened.
My question is,
Do we do the work anyway and allow them to "waive" code requirements, or loose the jobs to someone who will do it cheaper because they don't have the QC costs and don't go by the rules?
Tim C
Lafayette, IN

I once had a local concrete contractor approach me.  He had the opportunity to bid on a project and asked, “What would it take for us to comply with AWS-D1.4 – Structural Welding Code – Reinforcing Steel?”  After I laid out a plan to get him there he just lowered his head and mumbled, “Damn!”
Remember, “…to safeguard the health and well being of the public and to maintain integrity and high standards of skills, practice, and conduct in the occupation of welding inspection…” –AWS-QC1 Sec. 11.  That is why we became Certified Welding Inspectors.  People who have no clue as to what we do, trust we’re good at it, and are counting on us to follow through.
Codes and standards are developed by people who work in our industries.  They are often the result of tough lessons learned over the years (Google: The Sinking of the Sultana).  When referenced in contract documents they become law, and we need to adapt the entire code into our project. 
Loose the job or not, you don’t have a problem with B31.3, and you already knew the answer to your question…  You play by the rules.