Essentials of Safety: Overhead Crane Inspections
Hoosier Crane builds and sells nothing but the highest quality cranes, but there is still wear and tear on them and regular inspections are an important part of creating a safe work environment.
Hoosier Crane offers inspection services and we have the most experienced and qualified inspectors and technicians in the industry. Monthly and annual inspections are recommended and often required by OSHA. There are also maintenance and operational requirements.that companies must adhere to to keep their people safe.
A safe environment also includes daily inspections.
CheckList For Daily Inspections
Check the inspection tag to make sure it’s updated
Check all limits
Locate the main crane disconnect switch
Test pendant control or controllers…check up and down and all directions
Check wire rope or chain for damage…lower hoist completely to check
Check the hook for damage and make sure there is a working safety latch
Test all brakes
Check trolley and bridge travel… make sure path is clear, stops are in place and limits are working
Test the hoist gears… listen for unusual noises
Check for unusual leaks or excess fluids
Check all rigging equipment and below the hook devices
Review capacity of equipment and weight to be lifted
OSHA also has requirements for periodic inspections, maintenance and operations. Again, these are all guidelines that must be followed to ensure safe working conditions for everyone.