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The thing about an expereinced inspector is that he has seen 1000x more rigs than...
... you ever will. He does it every day. He's seen hundreds of rigging failures, not all of which led to dismastings, of course.
After some 15 years in the oil industry I was asked to start doing petroleum tank inspections. Instead of just seeing my facility, I have now seen thousands of tanks across the country and failures I wouldn't have thought of (for example, a brass float sank, sat on bottom, and electrolysis drilled through 1/4-inch of steel in 5 years: brass floats are a no-no).
Inspectors aren't claiming to be smarter; they've just seen more than you have time to and good ones have learned what to look for and how to look for it.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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