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Self vs. Professional Installation

In recent years DIY projects have become all the rage.  From home improvement to auto repair, individuals are combing the internet to find the best ways to save time and money on tasks that once were left to the professionals.

While this route may sound appealing for your next rigging project, there are a few factors to consider before self-installing.

Tooling

You do know your equipment and space best, but deciding to self-install when not properly equipped can be costly and dangerous.  Industrial machinery is often bulky, heavy, and expensive; even simple machinery moves require thorough planning and a range of tools.  Depending on the scope of the project you may be using slings, skates, jacks, heal bars, blocks, forklifts, and cranes.

Experience

Equipment installations aren’t as easy as pick up and go.  Everything from unpredictable weather conditions to a small crack in the floor can turn a straightforward installation into an arduous undertaking.  Individuals should have the knowledge and resources to manage these types of uncertainties.

Safety

The most crucial detail that should always be addressed is if you can perform this installation safely.  In 2018, OSHA reported that 5,250 workers died on the job.  A share of these fatalities are categorized as the “Fatal Four” and include hazards such as falls, struck by objects, electrocutions, and caught-in or caught between.  Although exposure to these risks won’t always result in injury, it’s important to prevent them through ongoing safety training and knowledge of the installation process.

Conclusion

Self-installations can save you valuable time and money if you have the appropriate resources in place.  Considering the previously mentioned factors as well as any equipment-specific characteristics, you can make an informed decision for your next project.  If you’re looking for professional installation services, contact us today.  Boulter’s highly-skilled, OSHA trained crews work with only the best equipment, guaranteeing a safe and efficient installation.  We’d be happy to discuss your unique requirements and map out the best options for your project.  Set up a Zoom meeting today to speak with one of our installation experts.

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