An inspection of an active crane is a requirement by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). By inspecting the combined inspected the crane it ensures the crane is in proper working order and will provide safety for those works around and with the mechanical boom. There should be only qualified professionals who have over 2000 field hours in the maintenance, repairing, and functional testing regarding cranes allowed to inspect a crane. There are various examinations a mechanical boom will go through to determine it is fit for use. There are a few ways to stay in clients with the rules and regulations of OSHA. Companies who operate cranes, they should be aware of the rules created by OSHA. For example, a rule for an overhead crane is called Standard 1910.179. The rule provides detailed information regarding what safety measures an overhead crane should have.
Know Expectations of Examination of Mechanical Boom Beforehand
A company who uses a crane or mechanical boom should be prepared beforehand for a crane inspection to ensure they are not fined. The way to ensure inspecting a crane will receive passing marks is to know a crane must be inspected annually at the very minimum. The number of examinations a crane will have can be determined by the crane’s usage. The other factors to stay compliant and help pass an examination of a mechanical boom are:
• Maintain Monthly Examination log
• Create a habit of completing requirements
The maintenance of a logbook is a requirement by OSHA. Every monthly examination will be documented in the log. The log should have the name and signature of the person who has conducted an examination. The logbook should have the date the examination was performed. It is important to always complete the requirements such as the examinations. OSHA can have surprise examinations of the mechanical boom; therefore, by developing a routine of completing tasks to keep the mechanical boom compliant, the company will always be prepared.
Types of Examinations For A Mechanical Boom
There are four types of exams a crane may be required to be subjected to remain compliant with OSHA. The examinations are an initial, functional test, frequent, and periodic. The initial examination is done once a mechanical bull is newly installed. The initial test will also be completed on a crane that has been through repairs and it is reinstalled. Functional test is done prior to each shift to ensure it functions properly. The inspector would check items such as hoist chains and hooks to ensure items to ensure the items will not prohibit the crane from working. The frequent examination will be completed a number of times based on how much usage the crane has. A crane can be inspected on a monthly weekly or daily regarding the frequent examination but it still depended on how often the crane is used. A. periodic examination of the crane will also be dependent on usage. During the periodic examination of the mechanical boom, the person would check for wear and tear of sprockets. An inspector would ensure there are no cracks in various parts of the crane. Each examination can be extensive but done properly it will ensure safety.