Pre-lift safety inspections are the most important step before any day of work on the job site. Depending on the crane, more than 600 tons can be lifted 100 feet overhead. That is not the time to suddenly run into issues that could have been discovered during a 30-minute precautionary check.
Any crane is only as strong as its weakest link. Whether it’s the rigging equipment, fluids levels, or instruments in the cab, making sure that everything is in good working condition is priority number one. While hooks, wire ropes, and slings are relatively easy to inspect and need to happen at the start of every day.
Other parts of the crane, the boom for example, also need to be visually inspected every day it’s in use. However, to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, all crane booms need an in-depth inspection at least every 12 months. From the largest all-terrain cranes to the smallest boom or mobile cranes, these inspections will ensure proper operation of your equipment.
A qualified crane inspector should be conducting the inspection. They’ll have the experience to spot safety hazards and will be able to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Auxiliary components, such as operational aides and safety devices, will also need to be inspected.
This could be making sure the correct connecting pins are properly placed and secured to ensuring the pendants, wear pads, and other parts at the top of the boom aren’t worn or frayed. A detailed inspection of the operating mechanism and other cab controls will make sure the boom reacts as it should.
With six locations throughout Oregon and Washington, Triad Machinery is ready to provide inspections, maintenance, and service for your cranes and other heavy equipment. When it comes time for a new boom or crane, we carry a large selection of new and used machines.
As an authorized dealer of Link-Belt heavy machinery, we also carry their excavators and forestry machinery. We also offer Tigercat, Waratah, and T-Mar machinery, giving you a variety of equipment to choose from for your job site. In addition to new equipment, our used inventory is made up of additional brands as well, including Komatsu and John Deere.
Just need a crane for a few months or even a year? More than 85 percent of Triad Machinery’s rental fleet is made up of heavy equipment that is three years old and newer. Each crane or excavator we rent goes through a rigorous inspection program to make sure your rental is up for the job. We rent for a few days to six months and even longer.
Have a job on the horizon that will require the use of a crane? Find the closest Triad Machinery branch and give us a call. We’ll make sure you get the right crane for the job and can rest assured that the machine you get will meet at OSHA codes and regulations.