Crane inspections are essential for safety, and OSHA takes them very seriously as should you. Post incidents and problems regarding structures that support the cranes and their operation are not too infrequent, and they can be extremely dangerous to the safety and the lives of those who operate the cranes, as well as anyone who is close by. So you will have to make sure your employees are aware of the main safety considerations that a typical annual crane inspection will have to cover.
First, it’s important to make sure all your employees that deal with crane maintenance and operation receive proper OSHA training, so that they know exactly what they need to do. However, it’s important not to stop at theoretical training. OSHA inspections are very thorough, so you’ll have to make sure that even your newest recruits know what they have to do.
OSHA inspections are mandatory to be performed on a yearly basis on all mobile and tower cranes as well as any other equipment that weighs at least 2,000 lbs. This is done to ensure that the equipment is used safely and kept in check according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Before the inspection, make sure your employees review the OSHA guidelines and the manufacturer’s instructions regarding such issues as post assembly and post incident prevention, as well as taking proper care of everything associated with the operator station. The structural elements of the cranes should be checked thoroughly, including all gears, shafts, drums and pendant support systems.