While I no longer perform crane inspections, I was an OSHA certified crane inspector from 1998 until early 2017. I now focus on accident investigations, but I've inspected most crane types and models, including tower cranes, mobile cranes, crawler cranes and overhead cranes. My past work as a crane operator and certified inspector gave me the background and experience needed for my current endeavors.
I've included information on crane inspections on this website, because many of the items that are revealed in an inspection can be the cause of crane mishaps. Perhaps this knowledge will help prevent future accidents.
Depending on the type of crane, our inspections included, but were not limited to:
- Controls and Instrumentation
- Cab Windows, Doors, Access
- Structural Components
- Bolts, Rivets, Pins, Fasteners
- Fire Extinguishers and Other Safety Gear
- Belt and Chain Guards
- Bearings, Gears, Pins, Shafts, Rollers
- Hydraulic System
- Pneumatic System
- Power Plant
- Chain Drives
- Slewing Units
- Hoisting Drum
- Boom Hoist and Lift Cylinders
- Rigging hardware and accessories
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