As construction projects get bigger and bigger, cranes of all sizes are required through a daily inspection to make sure everything is in good working order. If even the smallest parts of a crane – such as pins that hold tower cranes together – are faulty, it could spell disaster.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires day-to-day safety inspections to make sure the crane is in good working condition. These inspection requirements could include checking the rigging, hoist chains, control equipment, and other equipment before the start of every workday.
Although functional testing may seem tiresome at times, a quick 30-minute check of nylon tethers or fluid levels could prevent injury, damaged equipment, or dropped materials. OSHA regulations are in place to prevent accidents and keep your work site as safe as possible.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) suggests four different types of inspections. Functional testing, which happens before each day of lifting, along with initial, frequent, and periodic. How often the cranes are used to determine which test inspections are needed.
Each Triad Machinery location is capable of performing all of these inspections. Every crane we rent or sell, new or used, goes through an intense pre-delivery inspection before our clients receive them. Everything from load tests, to braking system checks, to operating mechanism reviews.
Apart from the frequent inspections that should happen during day-to-day operations, cranes will also need to undergo periodic inspections to ensure safe operating. Crane manufacturer’s recommendations will help guide these inspections, which should be performed by experienced professionals.
Even if you didn’t purchase your crane from Triad Machinery, we perform periodic inspections as well as frequent inspections on your cranes. How often your crane is used, or the time between uses, determines which inspections or safety requirements are needed.
To ensure proper operation, OSHA requires that if a crane has been used in the last six months, but not in the last month, functional and periodic inspections are required before it’s next use. Periodic inspections are required whether the crane is under normal use, heavy use, or severe use. The only difference is how often these inspections are required.
Periodic inspections are a more in-depth look at the crane, including loose bolts or rivets throughout, excessive wear on the brake systems and other components, and testing of load, wind, and other indicators. While every lift should have a spotter on the ground working in concert with the operator, any inaccuracies with the indicators should be investigated.
When it comes to material handling hundreds of feet in the air, you want to be positive all components of the lift are in tip-top shape. From the outriggers, chassis, and booms to the wire rope, hooks, and fluid levels. Our staff has their crane inspection certification and are ready to give your equipment a clean bill of health – or to point out flaws that need to be addressed.
In addition to crane inspections, Triad also sells new and used cranes as well as attachments for your equipment. As the only authorized dealer of Link-Belt cranes in Oregon and Washington, we have the cranes you want and the parts you’ll need.
We also have a wide variety of other brand name used cranes for sale, all of which get the same thorough inspection our new cranes get. With six locations throughout the Pacific Northwest, you’re never too far away from Triad Machinery. Need an inspection, an upgrade, or an attachment? Find the location nearest you and get in touch.