Understanding Inspection Fees and Expenses

In determining what to charge for a zip line inspection a lot of information is required to determine that not only the correct systems, components and practices are being inspected but that your cost estimate is based on the most relevant data available and there are no surprise fees after the inspection. Our staff will work diligently to understand your unique organization, structures, equipment brands, location and operating principles so that we can quote you a "not to exceed" price for your zip tour or line inspection.

Questions that Need to be Answered

STANDARDS

  • What inspection standard is being adhered to by your organization and what does your state or regulatory authority reference - are they in alliance? Common standards referenced by State or Provincial Law include: ACCT, ASTM, EN, and PRCA. If your program is not aware or practicing the legally binding standard referenced by your state - there will be deficiencies found during the inspection; more out of alignment with the standard - the greater the likely hood of increased deficiencies.
  • Does the state regulation of Zip line and the duties within the regulation increase the exposure to the inspecting agency (v.s. other states - some states do). See our current Map of State Regulations.

YOUR ZIP LINES and FACILITIES

  • What needs to be inspected and how can it be inspected? Lots of vertical rope work to climb for rigging under a large platform or high above a platform? What equipment is required to do this work? How does that equipment get to the location (drive, fly, ship?). Some courses don't require a lot of equipment - some require an extensive amount of rope and equipment.
  • Is there newer technology with manufacturer specifications that require a specific set of tools to do your inspection? – Proof Tester, Wire Rope Magnetic testing (inspecting for internal as well as external damage to cable)? Tension Meters? – There is a fee to get these tools to your site and the cost associated with using them in addition to traditional inspection techniques.
  • Once on site – how easy is it to get the inspector(s) to all of the sites, how much “stuff” is there to inspect (cables, platforms, pulleys, lanyards, harnesses, carabiners, etc.).
  • What kind of break system is installed – if any? Does the rake system require maintenance at the time of the inspection? Does it use magnetics, hydraulics, compression springs, electricity, etc. or is it a simple system of pulleys and rope or bungee cord.
  • How steep is the zip line – The steeper the zip lines the harder it is to properly inspect cable (inch by inch) on an extremely steep zip line 14% v.s. a 3% grade change in elevation. – Will more than ONE staff member be required to perform this inspection to control the speed of descent of the actual wire rope inspector?

What Staff Qualifications are Required to Perform your Zip Line Inspection

  • Company and/or Staff Training and Competence of inspector. Low end camp zip lines do not require the same amount of training and certifications and experience with specialized tools as do extremely long zip lines or zip liens that utilize specialized braking systems or trolleys (pulleys) that employ advanced mechanical systems.
  • We are ACCT third party reviewed and accredited company approved for Zip Line, Canopy Tour and Aerial Adventure Park Inspections (not every ACCT PVM is). Additionally, we are currently in the middle of a Quality Assurance Accreditation through ISO900.  And our zip line inspectors are Certified Inspectors via the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officers (NAARSO).These processes come at a cost. An inspection company without the proper qualifications will be cheaper - and this comes at the greater cost of receiving an incomplete inspection that cannot stand up to scrutiny of industry peers, regulators and course. - Consider this choice carefully - Understand the decision you’re making and the benefits and consequences.

The Zip line industry is a quickly evolving world – the technology, components, design requirements, the public’s (or consumer) desire for faster, longer, steeper – is what drives the cost of inspection. Shorter and fewer = cheaper. And Longer Faster and Many = more expensive cost. 

If you have three miles of wire rope suspended 100+ft. above the ground; with a mechanical breaking system in a state regulating a Zip Line as an Amusement - The choice should be clear WE are FAR AND ABOVE THE MOST QUALIFIED COMPANY IN THE INDUSTRY TO PROVIDE YOUR ZIP LINE INSPECTION. 

Next Steps

  • Talk to other vendors - ask lots of questions. When price comparing a zip line inspection ASK FOR THE PROOF regarding qualifications. The cost to replace 5,000 ft. of cable pre-maturely will far outweigh the cost of a qualified inspector with the right tools; correct credentials; and the proper experience with the systems installed at a facility.
  • DEMAND A NOT TO EXCEED CONTRACT
  • Did the vendor interview you?  A zip line inspection company should be doing their due diligence and asking many questions about – how many zips, what height, how can they be accessed, what breaking system is employed, how many pieces of equipment do you have; how steep are your zips; have you had any accidents or claims; what state or providence are you located within; etc. If they don’t ask these questions and give you a price - you most likely do not have a qualified inspector but someone who is looking to "get into the industry" and is using your inspection as an educational playground. IS THIS WHAT YOU AND YOUR PARTICIPANTS AND COMMUNITY DESERVE? EXPECT?

 Our Costs and Fees

Inspector Rates

  • Day rate For a NAARSO Certified Zip Line Inspector $980.00 - Required for all zip lines in states that regulate zip lines as amusement rides or devices.
  • Day rate for an ESI internally trained and experienced zip line inspector (minimum 3 yrs. experience) $850.00 - Common for summer camps, retreat centers, university, school and military NON-COMMERCIAL zip lines
  • Day rate for an Zip Line Inspection Assistant $750.00 - This rate will only apply if an assistant is required to complete your inspection (an assistant is not a primary Qualified Inspector and some zip line facilities may require more than one Qualified Inspector).

The number and type of inspectors will be determined by ESI based on an understanding of your facility, types of zip lines, braking system, equipment types and amounts, location, difficulty level to navigate and inspect.

Travel Expenses

  • Mileage - billed at current federal rate
  •  Airfare - billed at 5% above actual cost to compensate for administrative costs.
  • Lodging - Billed at 5% above actual costs to compensate for administrative costs. Lodging requirements are dual occupancy rooms at a reputable local hotel. Bunk house lodging with a larger group is not acceptable. If your organization has HOTEL STYLE housing or a house WITH BEDDING - this will be considered.
  • Meals - Meals are typically billed out at $40.00 per day. In some locations (tourist destinations) this fee may be higher (and at some locations with on-site food it may be cheaper).
  • Travel Time - Depending on your location, we may be required to charge you for travel time. Travel time may include all time in transit to and from your site (drive to airport, get through security, time on plane, time traveling to your site - and then the time to return). We may also be able to pool your inspection with other organizations in your area or reasonable vicinity. This allows multiple clients to share in the Travel Time, Airfare, Mileage and Lodging Expenses. Some organizations are pro-active and call and work with their competitors to keep everyone costs lower and ensure compliance and safety as a larger materially affected industry group.

Based on all of the above variables it's hard to post a specific cost as all organizations have different needs. Please fill out the attached form and return it to us and we will give you a quote or give our office a call TOLL FREE at (877) 206-8967 to speak to one of our staff.