I just started a new job that's a good mix of residential, commercial and some industrial. Great company great people.
I took a call today to check on the exhaust fans and make up air on a flat roof and some on a sloped roof. I found the make air unit belt was just spinning with too big a belt and two of the mushrooms needed new belts. So I found the problem right? No one had time to answer any questions and were MIA just after I got there. The company didn't say call so and so either for details.
They call back no air is being exhausted. This time they tell me there is a pretty big exhaust fan that they built a structure around on the peak of the sloped roof. I've been on hundreds of roofs and changed thousands of filters and belts. While I've seen exhaust fans on sloped roofs most have had a platform built around them but never had a structure built around.
I need to bring a step ladder up on the roof and try and set it on far side where the ladder sets the best. Once on top of the structure I have to pull the ladder into the opening so I can get in and out again which ended up being a problem. Its a 6 hp motor running on 460 3 phase and it must weigh 65-70 pounds at least. After I pulled the motor I barely got out of there. My thoughts were if something happened no one would know.
Would you consider this a safe work condition?