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I received a call from a local production theater (plays and performances). The call was from their master carpenter who job includes evaluating the safety of the sets and mechanical platforms. He was concerned as there is a counter weight system of more than 50-kips which is used to lift sets, curtains and platforms. He is concerned only because of what he has read regarding problems with welds. He suggested I come in to help create a program where welded connection can be tested and verified. There are no noticeable problems, but he is doing this as a preventative measure to insure the safety of the people on stage and behind the scenes.
What is the standard I should follow to evaluate the welded connections that support the 50-kip counterweights? What percentage of welds should be checked? Should they be X-rayed, magnafluxed.....?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Dennis S. Wish, PE

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