Crane and Wire Rope Inspections

Crane Inspections

Cranes must meet periodic inspection criteria as defined in the OSHA standard.  All cranes must also meet the design, construction, and testing criteria as set forth in 29 CFR 1926.1433 through 1926.1441. If a manufacturer’s inspection criteria exceed the requirements as defined in the OSHA standard, the crane must be inspected to meet the criteria of the manufacturer.  Prior to beginning work on the site, the crane subcontractor must verify the following inspections:

  • Post-assembly inspection by a qualified person to verify that the crane was configured in accordance with the manufacturer equipment criteria.
  • Annual Inspection by a qualified party.
  • Periodic Monthly Inspections by a competent person.  If equipment has been idle for 3 months or greater, a monthly inspection must be conducted by a competent person prior to use on the site.
  • Daily inspections should be conducted by a competent person prior to each shift.

Wire Rope Inspections

Prior to beginning work on the site, the crane subcontractor must provide verification of the following wire rope inspections:

  • Annual Inspection by a qualified third party (other than the crane company).
  • Periodic Monthly Inspections by a competent person.
  • Daily inspections should be conducted by a competent person prior to each shift.

Deficiencies identified in any wire rope inspection must be documented, categorized, and corrected as indicated in the standard before any work can begin.