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Construction workers sought for Structural Safety Inspector team

By Staff | Jun 29, 2011

On Monday, the City of Sanibel announced that it is seeking as-needed Structural Safety Inspectors to serve on the early response team for the city’s Damage Assessment Process in the event of a disaster or hurricane incident.

The purpose of the structural safety teams is to initially assess the overall property damage on the island prior to allowing residents to return followed by a completed written external damage report for each single or multi-family structure as to its condition for occupancy.

“Last year, we didn’t get many participants,” said Harold Law, a building official with the City of Sanibel. “Our goal is to have many, many more taking part this year. We hope to have enough people signed up so if some of them get called away, we’ll have enough people on-hand to do the work that needs to get done.”

According to Law, a knowledge of building construction is essential. Applicants should be in excellent physical condition as actual work will require extensive walking under potentially arduous conditions in a hot and humid climate. They must also be able to respond immediately upon call and write reports of damage assessed.

Among the specialties or skills participants should possess, but are not limited to, include:

• Electrical

• Plumbing

• Carpentry

• Masonry and/or concrete work

Selected personnel will be required to complete approximately six hours of field training to include first aide and CPR in mid to late July. A physical examination, drug test and background check will also be required at no cost to the selected personnel.

Applicants successfully completing the training, certification, physical and drug screen will be reimbursed $25 per hour for the time involved, not to exceed eight hours. Upon activation in the event of a disaster, the rate of pay will be $50 per hour.

“The city started this program in order to respond to just about any disaster or emergency,” added Law, who noted that each of the contractors currently registered for work on Sanibel will be contacted. “Obviously, hurricanes are the biggest threat, but the SSI’s could be used in response to anything from brush fires to a tornado.”

Interested parties should forward their resume, as soon as possible, to Harold Law, Building Official, City of Sanibel, 800 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, FL 33957. For additional information about the Structural Safety Inspector team, call 472-4555.