- May 25, 2021
- By JC International
- In Uncategorized
This question is very popular yet unclear as to how to actualize amongst crane service hailers as well as providers. If you have recently procured a crane service for your project, you may not understand the extent as to why cranes and lifting equipment require strict adherence to safety. Ensuring safety of cranes and associated lifting equipment involves providing assurance and integrity of cranes and lifting equipment and operations through inspections.
In this article, you would be exposed to everything you need to know about your crane’s inspections, including factors to consider before carrying out crane inspections, frequency, required documentation, certified inspectors and more.
Why should I carryout crane inspection?
Cranes – dockside, tower, overhead gantry, mobile, offshore pedestal mounted, are usually big capital investments for clients and operators and are extremely important for the safe movement/transfer of loads or heavy materials or equipment. More advanced cranes with increased complexity in operations, maintenance and inspection are also being introduced in the industry. Crane inspections and crane inspection services are therefore vital to ensure the integrity, reliability, and failure-free operation of these type of equipment. They involve all relevant tasks for the inspection including testing where applicable.
How often do I carryout Crane Inspection?
The occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) reinstates that active and working cranes should be inspected at least once in a year depending on the crane usage frequency which would attract additional inspections
What are the perceived challenges?
“Failure to understand the scope, methods, and standards of crane inspection, and acceptance/rejection criteria specified for all types of cranes and associated lifting equipment/accessories.” would lead to equipment failure, downtime, unavailability, wasted man-hours, conflicts, and inflated costs required to return the equipment back to service. Especially relevant is that failure can also present high risks to clients ‘operations and introduce health and safety risks to personnel and the environment. The scope, methods, and standards of crane inspection shall consider several factors to guide a proper and successful crane inspection operation.
The factors to consider before carrying out crane inspection includes;
The age of the equipment is an important factor to consider during crane inspections. The confederation of international contractors (CICA) recommends consistent, stringent independent inspection procedures and verification of past maintenance history for cranes less than 10 years of age; cranes between 10 and 20 years old; and, cranes in excess of 20 years old.
Provides historical information about the equipment and the defects list where the Competent Person has given a time limit for rectification or remediation works. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity to check that the client (duty holder) has a system in place to track and monitor the defects to ensure that are completed before the agreed date or that the equipment is removed from service.
Any component of the crane assembly devoid of redundancy and/or auxiliary restraining devices whose failure would result in an uncontrolled descent of the load or uncontrolled rotation of the structure. This could also result in serious injury to operator and/or anyone in proximity of the lifting equipment.
Manufacturers and makers of crane provide recommendations and guides for crane users before and during utilization of the cranes. They set out to identify and recommend a baseline specification for cranes in relation to safety. These recommendations is a factor that should be considered before carrying out crane inspections as it guides safety metrics definition and proof of usability.
There are several standards and codes developed to guide different crane usage and safety thresholds. These codes ensure that best practices for crane selection, inspection, and usage in relation to the type of project being adopted for is met. A popular standard is the safety factor for cranes which is 5 to 1, this capacity, certified by the manufacturer or a qualified crane service provider/operator, shall be based on the manufacturer’s specifications with a 5 to 1 safety factor for all components. These standards and Codes guide the practice for safe use, inspection and maintenance of cranes.
These factors represent the minimum requirement for inspections and shall be considered to ensure safe operation of cranes.
Due to the challenges of crane inspection and most of all, the result of not keeping to the inspection requirements, it is extremely vital that attention is given to the selection of a Competent Person/Authority and that the qualification, experience and track record of the provider is considered. It is also important to create checklists and trackers that would aid in fulfilling the OSHA crane inspection requirements.
At JC International, crane inspections are performed by experienced and qualified crane inspectors with sufficient skill and knowledge in the field of cranes and familiar also with relevant codes, standards, and regulations.
Our focus is to provide a world-class service to ensure that our clients as duty holders, can use their cranes safely and cost-effectively whilst also demonstrating compliance with national and international regulations.
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One thought on “Factors to Consider Before Carrying Out Crane Inspections”
You made a good point when you shared that it is important to conduct crane inspections in order to avoid any failures from happening during the operation. It is wise to carry out all the necessary precaution steps before working with the machinery. I would like to think if a company is working on a construction project, it should consider renting a crane from a reliable service and make sure to inspect it first before using it.
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Iris SmithSeptember 28, 2022, 8:04 am REPLY
I appreciate you mentioning the substantial dangers and associated hazards that cranes present. Crane use is required for my workplace project. I’ll get in touch with professional crane services to aid my endeavor because you said that it poses substantial risks and hazards.
FluixNovember 28, 2022, 3:37 pm REPLY
It is important to know what types of inspections your equipment needs, as the types of inspections can vary greatly. Maintaining checklists for each type of inspection will help manage the risks associated with operational safety and compliance.