Barth Crane Inspections, LLC
Summerville, SC



(843) 871-8877

Crane Accident Expert Tom Barth

Tom's background, outlined below, includes more than 15 years of accident investigation and more than 38 years as a crane operator, inspector and instructor, easily qualifies him as a crane accident expert.


Tom in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska where temperatures sometimes reached minus-40. Hair blowers were used to keep controls from freezing.

  • 38 years as an operator and inspector of cranes and crane operator instructor.
  • 15 years as a crane accident investigator and expert witness.
  • 13 years experience working cranes on the water, including off loading barges, jack-up platforms, general cargo and construction materials, pile driving, clamming and hook work.
  • Operator experience on land includes working in Prudhoe Bay oilfield, setting steel, tilt ups, building trades, heavy picks, drag lining and using multiple cranes to make various heavy picks.
  • Investigated more than 55 high-profile crane accidents.
  • 13 years experience as Crane Inspector, approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. C.F.R. Codes 1919

Special Projects

  • Initiated the program and instructed the advanced and intermediate crane classes for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302 in Palmer, Alaska.
  • Heavily involved in a special project, helping the NCCER procure the NCCER Manual for the apprentice-ship training program for Tower Crane Operators.


  • Certified by Associated General Contractors to teach the Professional Crane Operators Program
  • Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) Member
  • OSHA Certified Outreach Trainer
  • OSHA Certified for Mine training
  • CDL Driver's License


  • Training Institute of Canada, Craning and Rigging course
  • Manitowoc Crane Manufacturer, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
  • FMC Corporation, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • P&H Crane Manufacturer, Conway, South Carolina
  • Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau, Orlando, Florida
  • 1972 - Anchorage Community College, Structural Steel Welding
  • 1960 - Anchorage West High School, graduate

Media: Articles and Appearances

  • Crane Equipment Guide article "Crane Inspector Sounds Off on Safety Issues Facing the Industry"
  • Crane Works Magazine, Sept/Oct 1999, "Landing an Offshore Job"
  • Contractors Hotline Magazine, November 2003, "For Your Consideration"
  • Contractor Tools and Supplies, March 2003 "No Two Lifts are Alike"
  • Crane Works Magazine, May-June 2004 "Time to Regulate Inspectors"
  • Crane Works Magazine, November-December 2004 "Don’t Let Technology Substitute For Thinking"
  • Crane Works Magazine, June 2005 "Crane Training Lacking in U.S"
  • MSNBC program "Heavy Metal-Big Rigs"
  • Crane Works Magazine, "Safe Advice, A Commitment to Accident Prevention"
  • Contractors Hot Line, August 3, 2007 "Waiting to see a Transformation"
  • Crane Works Magazine, November/December 2005 "Crane Repair, Replacement, and Accidents"
  • Modern Contractor Solutions, March 2008 "Tower Cranes Warrant Closer Look"