We were not point fingers in any direction, just a generalization seen on a day-by-day basis in the industry.
There is nothing wrong with using the SOP as intended. It’s when you won’t move personal property to inspect something, and the personal property is a used bath towel! Can’t be broken, damaged or adversely affect the property owner in any way.
“Experienced Inspectors” use the SOP when they know they are in danger (how many inspectors have fallen off a ladder this year?), understand that there is a high potential for property damage ect…
… and to make the client “understand” what HI is about and keep out of the court room!
The crap about “if you exceed the SOP in one area, your expected to do it forever” is a piss poor reason not to inspect something that can be safely inspected. IMHO
Yes, it’s an argument that can be used in court, but court is nothing but a “Big Argument” anyway!
IAW with SOP/Laws, if you don’t inspect something, it’s required or a good idea to report why you didn’t inspect. That’s where the SOP comes into play.
It is my opinion that when you go one step further for your client (and they know it) there is little or no chance to be sued by them, even if your wrong! When they know your trying your best but screwed up once they are more likely to let the little stuff slide.